A 1972 MGB Roadster Sportscar fully powered by an electric engine (Photo below)
Guess which one our March speaker created? Here's a hint - There's a photo below.
Register for this month's Science Cafe asEngenuitySC and the University of South Carolinawelcome Dr. Roger Dougal to share the story of how he and 15 of his students converted a 1972 MGB from a classic car collecting dust in his garage to an electric roadster speeding down the freeways of the Palmetto State.
If you have a passion for classic cars and innovating in garage, this is a Science Cafe you won't want to miss!
Photo Credit: University of South Carolina Office of Media Relations
From University of South Carolina Office of Media Relations
The year was 1984. Roger Dougal, a newly minted Ph.D. in electrical engineering, was beginning his career in the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering.
He was the new owner of a 1972 MGB - a red convertible, perfect for life in the Palmetto State, where he could zip along the highways and city streets with the car's top down practically year-round. Lightweight with easy handling, the MGB was a snazzy roadster for a young professor on the go.
But that was, shall we say, soooo last century.
Fast forward about two dozen years. Now internationally recognized for his research on power sources and systems, Dougal still loves cars and has added a passion for sailboats. The MGB was collecting dust - and a few leaves - in his garage. But the professor's ongoing curiosity about all things auto and electrical meant one thing: He had to find out if he could build an electric car.