The program got to taxi tests but did not progress further primarily due to lack of funding. Most of the available funds were used to purchase a high energy density fuel cell that failed during testing. Still, dozens of students learned a great deal about electrically powered vehicles and airplanes by using the Lafayette project for their research. By now they are out there working on alternatives to present energy sources, so the mission of the Lafayette is a success, even though it never left the ground.
Tags: Al Marsh