The students built a really great display. They're looking for assistance and donations to restore, upgrade, learn a lot and get it out on the road.
The bad news is the 10 12V lead-acid batteries are toast.
The good news is it's got a Zilla ZL-1 controller! There's a lot of potential there with the right battery pack.
I was approached by Bruce Bero of the Porsche club, as I'm the resident "expert" on electric cars. The club has agreed to assist the students and the project in whatever way we can. The first bit of guidance I gave to the team is to ditch the batteries for a set of Lithiums (LiFEPO4) if they can get donations. The controller, charger and motor are all good, so the batteries are the natural starting place. I pointed them to the video archive at evtv.me to get a deep dive into electric cars and battery technology. I'll stay in touch and help them as needed.