Classic Volkswagen Car Is Fueled By Social Media Buzz [Video]

Classic Volkswagen Car Is Fueled By Social Media Buzz [Video]

This Karmann Ghia runs on posts and shares on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Yi Chen
  • 24 may 2013

Students from Kansas City have converted a vintage Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into an interactive car that runs on social fuel. The Karmann Ghia has initially been tinkered with and rebuilt into an electric car. Every post on social media networks helps to power the vehicle.

The hacked car relies on shares and posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If there isn’t enough social media buzz, the car will automatically cut off the power to the electric engine.

Linda Buchner, a Minddrive student, explains that:

It’s designed so that when we stop for charging, if we don’t have enough social fuel, the car won’t start again, but it’s not going to leave us stranded on the side of the highway with a bunch of teenagers


The students and mentors from the Minddrive program are preparing to drive the car from Kansas City to Washington, DC, on a Social Fuel Tour. The tour aims to create awareness and lobby policy-makers for more hands-on education.

Watch the video below for more information about the tour:





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