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CAMP team shows off sustainable vehicles at Earth Day celebration in Rapid City

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Looking for an eco–friendly way to get around town? Designers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology may have the answer.

Students showed off their sustainable vehicles at the Earth Day celebration in downtown Rapid City on Saturday.

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production or “CAMP” team showed off two bikes, one made from bamboo and hemp cords and another out of steel and brass.

Student and designer Scott Lindborg said the bikes are ergonomically sound and keeps the natural curve of your back.

"First question everybody always asks it, "How do you ride it?” Lindborg said. “We explain, you put the seat on your hip, your hands are in front of you, and your feet are in back of you. And you just zip along, you fly."

Also on display were the Super mileage vehicle, which can run 668 miles on single gallon of fuel; the Alternative Fuel Vehicle, a zero emissions, electric snowmobile for transportation in emissions sensitive testing areas in Greenland; the Human-Powered Vehicle and the Formula Hardrocker Racing car.

"It's completely battery powered. It uses a high performance lithium–ion battery. It will go about 60 miles per hour right now. We have a range of about 30 to 40 miles depending on your riding conditions that particular day," said Bennett Prosser, one of the students who worked on the Alternative Fuel Vehicle.

Lindborg says the bikes are adjustable. Anyone from 5’3” to about 6’3” can ride them.

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