Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has presented its new e-BULLI all-electric vehicle to the world. It's a stunning crossover between a classic 1966 minivan with all the latest drive system components of a modern VW electric vehicle.
Producing zero emissions, the e-BULLI concept vehicle is based on the 1966 T1 Samba Bus that's been entirely restored.
From old into new
One point VWCV wants to make clear is that the e-BULLI will be available to buy for real, and isn't just a pretty virtual reality tour.
VWCV engineers formed a team along with drive system experts from Volkswagen Group Components, and the eClassics company to switch an iconic Bulli into a system that produces zero emissions. They knew they wanted to use a T1 Samba Bus and change it so that it uses the Volkswagen Group's latest electric drive system components.
A few specs
The e-BULLI is fitted out with a silent VW electric motor with 61 Kw (83 PS). With a maximum torque of 212 Nm, the new and improved drive has more than doubled its force compared with the original 1966 engine, which had 102 Nm. So now there is a silent cruiser that combines zero-emissions with a classic Bulli style.
The top speed is 130 kph (80 mph), which is a bump up from the original Bulli's 105 kph (65 mph). It's kitted out with a lithium-ion battery with a usable energy capacity of 45 kWh.
All of the e-BULLI's standard parts are made by the Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel, Germany.
It's a great looking vehicle that's good for the environment.