MAKAWAO – It moves as quiet as a ghost. Powered by a hidden bank of a dozen batteries, it needs no oil and leaves behind no smog-causing exhaust.
A 1988 Toyota Corolla station wagon was transformed from a gas-powered Maui cruiser to a retrofitted electric car in about seven months by a group of Seabury Hall students. Members of the school’s engineering class, all seniors, include (from left, rear) Brian Park, Korena Burgio, JJ West and Tiana Barbier. On the driver’s side of the car are: Nathan Hara and Aimi Watanabe (standing), Andrew Kloppel and Deborah Silverman (kneeling). Classmates Adam Istvan and Ryan Furtado also contributed to the project, but were not available for the photo.
The Maui News / CLAUDINE SAN NICOLAS photo