Although the Volkswagen no longer chokes and chortles as it heads up to Colorado’s high country, it has kept its spirit of adventure. So much so that whenever the bus accelerates off the line, Cole thinks of her father, who passed away in 2010. “Wow, my dad would’ve loved that,” she says.
Cole ultimately graduated from Mines as the outstanding senior in mechanical engineering, and Re-Volt won the Fall 2020 Capstone Design Showcase. Her experience leading that team inspired her to pursue a master’s in engineering management at Duke University in North Carolina, while working as a systems engineer for Sierra Space.
As for the bus? Although it’s essentially a brand-new EV under the hood, Cole keeps her AAA Membership Card close at hand. “With Volkswagens, the journey is the adventure,” she says. “Whether we take it road-tripping, camping or just to get groceries, we’ll never leave home without the peace of mind and sense of safety we get from AAA, because even electric vehicles break down.”