Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has added to the classic EV debate by unveiling its new all-electric ‘e-BULLI’ – a historic VW Type 2 fitted with drivetrain components from the German manufacturer’s latest range of zero emission vehicles.
The stage for the world premiere was meant to have been Techno Classica 2020, but with the event postponed, it was showcased online instead.
The concept vehicle is based on a 1966 Samba Bus, which prior to its conversion spent half a century on the roads of California. With help of its partner eClassics, VWCV removed the old 43bhp four-pot boxer engine and replaced it with an 82bhp electric motor, sourced from Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel and driving the rear wheels. It’s connected to a 45kWh battery, which provides a range of over 125 miles. As part of a complete overhaul, the Type 2 has also been treated to a redesigned chassis with multi-link front and rear axles, adjustable dampers and coil-over struts, a new rack and pinion steering system and disc brakes all round.
The cockpit, meanwhile, gets bright two-tone leather and wooden deck flooring, but has also been updated with a custom speedo and a tablet integrated into the roof console. There’s also a neat stereo system that looks period but boasts all the latest tech.
Though just a concept for now, eClassics’s plan is to put conversions and complete vehicles into full production. A conversion, complete with the redesigned front and rear axles, will start from around £60,000. T2 and T3 conversions are being offered by eClassics too, and the company is also offering qualified dealers a ready-to-fit parts kit.