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Texas students built an electric car

Austin (KXAN) — There’s a car in the Georgetown High School’s car garage that’s causing quite a stir.

“This is our 1992 Fox Body Mustang,” said GHS Associate Specialist Michael Frimel.

Automotive tech instructor Kelly Mayo said you won’t find any Mustang parts under the hood.

“We built this from the ground up,” Mayo said. “It wasn’t like we bought a kit and said, first step, second step, third step, everything was fine, what is the first step.”

The students were tasked with planning and building an electric car from scratch. Under the hood you will find wires and batteries next to a board with notes and plans on how to make the electric car work.

“I never thought I would be working on electric vehicles,” said Ricardo Rodriguez.

At first, the students faced many challenges and needed several expensive parts to keep the machine running. Mayo said they got a $5,000 grant to help them get those parts, and in November they were able to get the car up and running.

“The biggest problem was all the little details and all the problems,” said junior James Hugel.

The car is powered by six 12-volt batteries, but at the moment it only runs for a few moments before losing power. Mayo said they hope to add more powerful batteries in the future.

“I love driving this car,” Hugel said as he pulled out of the garage. “I’m so proud every time I release it.”

Mayo said his course gives students the opportunity to learn the basics of auto repair or gain the skills they need for a career in the automotive industry.

“Electric vehicles are the way to go,” Hugel said. “They are the future.”

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