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Professor Paul Pancella converts his 1992 Honda Civic for $17,000.

Published: 07-Feb-2012

Very few people can claim to drive a unique vehicle these days. Professor Paul Pancella can, however, with his electrified 1992 Honda Civic.

On Jan. 27, Pancella, in conjunction with the Math Club (Pi Mu Epsilon), gave a talk chronicling his project to create “Hondatron.”

Commonly seen around campus, from a distance it’s simply an early model white hatchback with a black hood. Professor Pancella converted his old Civic after the car had racked up enough miles to ruin the engine (over 200,000 miles). After convincing his wife, Pancella began the transformation from old consumable to high tech and handmade. Pancella describes the beginning of the transformation as fairly simple, at least in the beginning.


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