The story of the Lightning Bug all started when Dr. John Wright of Marshall bestowed a 1972 Volkswagen super beetle to the Lake Land College Foundation. While college President Scott Lensink saw the car’s potential, he admitted he didn’t at first know what the college would do with the classic automobile. The power train was operable, but very weak and the chassis was severely corroded. The value was about $3,200.
However, the “bug” initiated one of the most exciting alternative energy projects on Lake Land’s campus. Several instructors are currently converting the former clunker from gas to electric. The project is a partnership with Mid America Motorworks in Effingham. The group is in the process of removing the engine and installing an electric motor. It recently received a custom paint job and was a huge hit at Mid America’s Fun Fest. Eventually, it will get a custom stereo system and, in the end, be used as a promotional and educational tool to teach students about “going green.”
The instructors that worked on this project are:
Lake Land's electric powered vehicle plugs along towards the future