Project Lola

Taking on challenges that push the boundaries of today's vehicles is something that automotive enthusiasts do – it's human nature.

For electric vehicles, the challenge typically involves some sort of long-distance road trip. That's just what the MindDrive team has in mind. The idea of a proper road trip is one that has them driving their electric prototype from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL.

The electric vehicle that will attempt this 2,400-mile journey is based on the chassis of a Lola IndyCar. MindDrive says the vehicle tops out at 60 miles per hour and is expected to have a real-world range of 100 miles per charge. To enable the electric Lola to cross the U.S., MindDrive will make it quick-charge capable and says it will only need to stop around two dozen times during the 2,400-mile trek. The team isn't waiting for quick-charging infrastructure to be in place, either: a mobile charging station will follow the Lola along the entire route (a tactic other long-distance EV and hydrogen drivers will be familiar with).

Throughout the journey the team will stop at schools to educate students and other enthusiastic individuals the MindDrive crew passes along the route. We'll be sure to bring you more on MindDrive's coast-to-coast journey once it gets underway in March of 2012.