In 2014, Twente Milieu ran a pilot to convert a depreciated Fiat Doblo into an electric vehicle, making it the first converted car in Twente. For two years, students from ROC van Twente worked on converting the Fiat into an electric car in collaboration with car company Stepelo. It was a process of trial and error because the car was never designed to be powered by electricity. A unique conversion process, especially because of the student involvement.
With the Fiat now being an electric car, the ROC van Twente uses it to practice measuring and diagnosing electric cars. This is one of the requirements for car mechanics nowadays. The Fiat’s second life started by converting it into an electric car. Now that the ROC van Twente uses it in practical lessons and as an environmentally friendly shopping car, a third life has started!
Twente Milieu and the ROC van Twente often collaborate. For example, the ROC van Twente has specifically designed its courses to meet the demand of Twente milieu. Mechanics are NEN certified for safe electrical vehicle maintenance. In turn, Twente Milieu makes their vehicles available for specific lessons, is an official training company and provides input on improvement of the study programmes.