22 May '13, 8pm

This electric car runs on tweets

This electric car runs on tweets

It often seems like teenagers are powered mainly by social media, so it only makes sense that a group of high school students would build a car that really was. This 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, converted to an electric car by at-risk students from five Kansas City high schools, will turn Twitter mentions and Facebook likes into wattage to complete a 1,000-mile trip to Washington, D.C. The students are attending a run by nonprofit Minddrive, which admits 30 students per year who are “slipping through the cracks of the ‘traditional’ educational system.” The students work with engineers and mentors to convert old vehicles to run on electricity. The tweets-to-watts thing is a gimmick, not a feasible technology — we are at no point going to be driving around in vehicles that run on Klout. Here’s how it works, according to the Chicago Tribune : This educational trip is all abo...

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