volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive
 

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

volkswagen has unveiled the e-BULLI as a concept vehicle – a 1966 classic with 2020 electric drive. equipped with the drive system components of the latest volkswagen electric vehicles, the concept vehicle is based on a T1 samba bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored.

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

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volkswagen has replaced its 32 kW (44 ps) four-cylinder boxer engine with a silent electric drive system that delivers 61 kW (83 ps) and 212 nm (156 lb-ft). it raises the T1’s top speed from 105 km/h (65 mph) to 130 km/h (81 mph), electronically limited. the battery is a 45 kWh pack that will last approximately 200 km (124 miles) between charges.

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

 

 

just like the boxer engine of the 1966 T1, the combination of gearbox and electric motor integrated in the back of the 2020 e-BULLI drives the rear axle. customised for the build in collaboration with eclassics, a power electronics system in the back of the vehicle controls the high-voltage energy flow between the electric motor and the battery and in the process converts the stored direct current into alternating current. in addition, the on-board electronics are supplied with 12 volts via a so-called dc/dc converter.

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

 

 

the battery is charged via a combined charging system socket that enables charging with alternating or direct current. with alternating current, the battery is charged via an ac charger with charging power of 2.3 to 22 kW, depending on electricity source. with direct current, thanks to the e-BULLI’s ccs charging socket the high-voltage battery can also be charged at dc fast- charging points with up to 50 kW of charging power. in this case it can be charged up to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

 

 

‘it started with the seemingly audacious idea of switching an historic BULLI over to a drive system producing zero emissions on the road in order to bring it in line with the challenges of a new era,’ explains volkswagen. ‘to this end engineers and designers formed a team along with drive system experts from volkswagen group components and the eclassics company, which specialises in electric car conversions.’

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

 

 

available to buy for real, volkswagen partner eclassics is planning to offer T1 conversions and T1 complete vehicles in the style of the new e-BULLI. as a complete car e-classics is offering the e-BULLI from about €64,900 (a little under us$70,000).

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

volkswagen unveils e-bulli, a 60s conversion with a 2020 electric drive

 

 

project info

 

company: volkswagen
seller: elcassics
model: e-BULLI

  • Great for the price of a loaded Model Y you get less range, no ABS, no TC, no smart cruise, no airbags my God man not even seatbelts. Was made for car shows and parades only. l’m working on converting Model T’s with an Edison Electric powertrain for only $125,000 each and l’ll throw in a pint of snake oil.

    Earl Simmins says:
  • Tres chique! But in the text it’s mentioned it ha a gear box…which sound like the old 4speed one. In the pics it can be seen it’s an up to date “automatic” with also D and B mode for recuperation..so is there a direct drive in it or an axle 90° gear diff drive?

    Dirk says:

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