Aussie school girls to convert old Range Rover into an EV

A new program is helping young women explore opportunities in the automotive industry, with 25 female students tasked to convert a classic 3-door Range Rover into an electric vehicle.

The year-long project commenced last month, with students coming from four high schools across the region to work on the car at the Bendigo South East College Automotive workshop.

The project is run by Bendigo Tech School director Graeme Wiggins, in partnership with Jaunt Motors, Kangan TAFE, Thales Australia, and the Discovery Science and Technology Centre.

The aim of the program is to inspire more young women to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“We’re trying to create an aspiration pathway for young women who are interested in engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive careers,” Mr Wiggins told the ABC.

“And the interesting thing about this group is half were already hardcore car nuts to begin with, who were already considering careers in automotive or engineering.”

Already, they have stripped the Range Rover and are separating the body from the chassis. They will then refurbish the interior, install the charger system and re-wire the vehicle.

Bendigo South East College year nine student Lilly Sukkel said she was excited to take part in [the] electric car project throughout 2021.

“Looking at the recent developments in the car industry, electric cars are definitely on the rise,” she said. “I wanted to have a look at where the future is heading. The program is jam-packed. It’s very exciting.”

The electric vehicle is expected to be completed by next year and will be made available for hire as a community enterprise.


Bendigo Tech School | Our Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project has commenced.

ABC News | Why a group of teenage girls described as ‘hardcore car nuts’ are converting a Range Rover into an electric vehicle.

1 June 2021

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