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Roger Dougal aboard his 1972 MGB, which is being equipped with an electrical engine
Roger Dougal aboard his 1972 MGB, which is being equipped with an electrical engine.

Continued: Electric MG

“The changes take the car from one century to another,” said Price. “Like all projects, it’s been an evolution.”

The experience has shown Price that electric vehicles can be a reality.

“I believe we’re doing something that will be used. We’re ahead of the curve. Only a few universities are doing what we’ve done,” he said.

The car will be on display Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Carolina British Classics III show at Fort Jackson’s Weston Lake. The show is sponsored by the British Car Club Midlands Centre.

Visitors to the show should keep in mind that the car is waiting on some modifications, including a paint job, LED lamps to replace the headlights, a sports windshield and new carpet. Because it’s electric, the car sounds much like a golf cart. The students want to add acoustics to give the MGB-EV, as they call it, a sound more closely resembling a car.

Nevertheless, the car can be driven – just not on a highway yet, Price said.

Dougal and the student team, which includes undergraduate Robbie Motte of Bonneau and graduate student Steven Kowski of St. Petersburg, Fla., are looking forward to testing it for speed, acceleration and economy.

“This was a famous British sports car back in its day,” said Price, who wasn’t born when Dougal acquired the car. “Now, it will have some fame in another century.”

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  • Who: Roger Dougal, professor of electrical engineering, and some of his students
  • What: Upfitting his 1972 MGB with an electric engine.

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