Solution to High Gas Prices

By Emily West

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM CST

The Bradley students designed a light weight urban vehicle as part of the mechanical engineering senior design project.

It is run off of lithium ion batteries... which take five hours to fully charge on a regular wall socket.

Ryan Franey is part of the senior design project.

He says "This will be a future solution to high gas prices. With our vehicle it costs 45 cents to charge it and less than one cent a mile to drive it."

Another member of the team, Justin Coyle says, "It accelerates just fine if you were to drive it on the road. It would keep up with traffic no problem. It gets up hills just fine. It performs fine but it's no sports car."

The vehicle is designed to hold one driver and passenger... and has space for about 50 pounds of cargo.

The project was funded by a private investor and the B-U seniors hope that soon they will see their vehicle traveling around town.

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