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UW-Madison's College of Engineering plans to make the Bucky Wagon more eco-friendly.

Over the next year, students from the college's six vehicle project teams and undergraduate mechanical engineering design students will transform the Bucky Wagon into an electric-powered vehicle with a hydraulic braking system, power brakes and power steering. The vehicle's exterior, wheels and hubcaps will not change.

The bright red Bucky Wagon brings Badger spirit to football Saturdays and the Homecoming festivities each fall. Until 2001, the Bucky Wagon carried the Spirit Squad to Camp Randall on game days. The vehicle also appears as various community parades and university events.

Recognized by its bright red exterior, the 1932 LaFrance fire engine was donated to the Wisconsin Alumni Association by alumni Jay J. and Norma Normington in 1971.

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Mechanical engineering faculty associate Glenn Bower will lead the project, which you can follow through the Bucky Wagon blog.