Jack Smith is gearing up for a unique journey, steering a vintage electric Volkswagen bus across the iconic Route 66. Announced by EV West on Sept. 30, 2023, this adventure promises a blend of old-world charm and cutting-edge electric vehicle tech, stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica.
Jack, no stranger to cross-country escapades, having skateboarded and driven an EV across the US, is buzzing with anticipation. “Route 66, with all its history, is my next challenge,” he shared. His co-pilot for this electrifying ride? His wife, Cathy. She quipped, “Driving Route 66 is on our bucket list. And turning 66 this year? It’s like the stars aligned!” While the journey promises scenic vistas and historic landmarks, Cathy admits to a mix of excitement and jitters. “Three weeks on the road in a vintage bus is new territory for me, but that’s the thrill of it!”
Jack recalls the skepticism from his last trip, “Many doubted the feasibility due to charging concerns. But here we are, ready to prove them wrong again!” Powering this adventure is the OG.Buzz’s NetGain Hyper9 electric drive system, a testament to the strides in EV conversion technology. Hunter Hamstra from NetGain Motors chimed in, “This bus has crossed the country twice. Now, it’s gearing up for round three with the same robust components. It’s a testament to our tech’s durability.”
To ensure a smooth ride, EV West teamed up with Buswerx for some fine-tuning and a fresh coat of paint that pays homage to the bus’s vintage roots. Jason Nadal from Buswerx was all praises. “Driving the OG.Buzz was an eye-opener. Its performance, especially given its vintage design, was beyond what I expected.” The bus’s presence at Buswerx turned heads, sparking interest in electric conversions among many visitors.
The journey kicks off on October 10, 2023, covering over 2,400 miles in about two weeks, with zero gasoline and minimal carbon footprint. Route 66, the “Main Street of America,” offers a picturesque backdrop, with its blend of landscapes and landmarks, perfect for showcasing electric mobility’s potential. To keep enthusiasts and curious minds in the loop, daily updates, live streams, and engaging content will chronicle the journey. EV West encourages everyone to be a part of this electrifying adventure, virtually, through their social media channels and website.
For those with burning questions or seeking more details, Drew Coalson, Media Manager at EV West, is the go-to person. EV West’s mission goes beyond just conversions; they’re at the forefront of promoting sustainable practices in the auto industry. NetGain Motors, with its roots in electric drag racing since 1998, has been a game-changer in the EV conversion market. Buswerx, with its expertise in restoring vintage Volkswagens, played a pivotal role in prepping the OG.Buzz for its cross-country challenge.
“The OG.Buzz’s performance was a revelation,” Jason Nadal reiterated, emphasizing the seamless blend of vintage design and modern tech. This journey is more than just a road trip; it’s a statement, showcasing the harmonious blend of nostalgia and innovation in sustainable transportation. Cathy humorously remarked, “I’d probably be on a beach if I wasn’t married to Jack. But here we are, chasing this unique dream together!” Jack’s advice to others is candid: “If there’s a road less traveled, take it. Make your own adventures.”
The OG.Buzz’s previous trips stand as proof of the durability and reliability of electric components, even in vintage setups. This expedition aims to inspire a shift in perspective about electric vehicle conversions and sustainable travel’s broader implications. As Jack and Cathy set out, their journey symbolizes the future of travel, where sustainability and adventure go hand in hand. Challenges? Sure, there will be a few. But as Jack puts it, “Every challenge is just another adventure waiting to happen.”
The expedition isn’t just about the miles covered; it’s about the stories created, the myths debunked, and the future envisioned. So, buckle up and join Jack and Cathy on this electrifying ride, as they redefine road trips for the next generation. As they hit the road, remember: it’s not just about the destination but the electric journey itself.