I have an all-electric non-working 2007 Microbus for us to play with! Let’s play! “What?” you say?
Well it’s technically not mine. Last year I got Chamber Music at the Barn, a local nonprofit I am friendly with, to accept the donation of a 2007 Microbus for me. The shuttle service from Jacksonville Mississippi who owned it bought 2 of these as an experiment. They didn’t like it much (too small for the football players they were transporting around, apparently) and when it got vandalized they decided to dump onto a nonprofit. I had plans to fix it up but it hasn’t happened so I thought maybe MakeICT would like a shot at it.
“What’s it need to run?”
There appear to be 2 primary problems:
“Gimme some details on this dealie gig.”
Ok. Well, the bus appears to be a rather simple design — basically an overgrown golf cart. It seats 11-15 supposedly, and weighs about as much as a subcompact. It is road legal and supposedly can go 30-odd miles an hour — perhaps faster if the governor I’ve heard is has is removed. The shuttle service told me all the electronics are very standard. For example, it takes 8 lead-acid batteries which are apparently standard golf-cart batteries. I’d guess the batteries are bad at this point.
The shuttle service used the bus on a campus for 4-hour stints so apparently the batteries lasts at least that long when driven slowly.
Technically the bus is still Chamber Music at the Barn’s, but I don’t think they care much about it. Perhaps to be nice we could collaborate with them to use it as a shuttle service at their space several evenings during the summer. Or not.
“Cool! Let’s get this thing running!”