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6/28/07 at 6:36pm
I'm in love all over again...or perhaps adapting a VW into a solar powered biodiesel vehicle would be more my dream...regardless that thing is fantastic!!!!
|The Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, CA has teamed up with Hybrid Technologies to update an original 1964 Type 2 micro-bus, long a favorite of California surfers. The original drive train has been replaced by a fully electric drive-train powered by lithium polymer batteries. Nicknamed the Chameleon, the bus gets extra power from the solar cells that cover the roof mounted surf boards. The interior is updated with the latest electronics for navigation, entertainment and communications. They are using the vehicle as a public relations tool to showcase all the latest electronics. Chameleon has been shown to VW management and engineers in Germany this summer and it is making its North American debut Friday. September, 22 at the AltWheels event in Boston, MA. Hybrid Technologies also built the electric PT Cruiser taxi that is being proposed for New York City.|