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Santa Fe High students to convert `69 Volkswagen Beetle to electric car with help of Rotary Read more: Santa Fe High students to convert `69 Volkswagen Beetle to electric car with help of Rotary – Whittier Daily News

Santa Fe High School’s automotive engineering class will be converting this Volkswagen beetle to run on an electric motor with the help of a grant from the Santa Fe Springs Rotary Club Oct. 4, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

SANTA FE SPRINGS – A new automotive engineering class at Santa Fe High School is putting students in the driver’s seat.

The students are in the beginning stages of converting a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle into an electric vehicle capable of traveling 80 miles on one charge.

The project is off and running thanks to the Santa Fe Springs Rotary Club.

Rotary President Dennis Turner and longtime member Sam Smith presented SFHS Principal Kevin Jamero with a $3,000 donation on Thursday for the project that is estimated to cost $10,000.

They said the club is committed to ensuring the class has all of the materials they need to complete the conversion.

“Career technical education is incredibly important to our community,” Turner said. “We would like to support modern, technology-based programs that advance the education of our young people.”

Smith, a managing partner for consulting firm EV World & Associates that assists in the introduction of electric transportation worldwide, agreed.

“Our overall goal is to educate the students on electric transportation,” he said.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity made possible by the Santa Fe Springs



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