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Iconic VW camper van reimagined as EV

Volkswagen has unveiled an electrified reimagining of its classic camper van, converting a 1966 T1 by swapping its former engine with a new all-electric drive.

Volkswagen and eClassics – a German electrification company – have teamed up to build the new e-Bulli, an electrified version on the classic T1 Samba Bus.

The original T1, produced in 1966, had a 44bhp four-cylinder boxer engine. In the e-Bulli it has been replaced by an electric motor delivering 82bhp, with power supplied by a 45kWh lithium-ion battery. 

The e-Bulli reaches a top speed of 81mph (the original T1 managed a top speed of 65mph).

The electric drive system’s standard parts are transferred by eClassics into a battery system appropriate for the T1. As in the new Volkswagen ID.3, the high-voltage battery is housed centrally in the vehicle floor, with this layout lowering the e-Bulli’s centre of gravity and improving its driving characteristics.

The e-Bulli’s battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 40 minutes at fast-charging points, using a combined charging system (CCS) socket. With a full battery charge the range is around 124 miles.

The chassis has also been upgraded to modern levels of technology, while the exterior and interior have also been brought up to date, with the cabin, in particular, being modernised.

eClassics is offering the T1 conversion at prices starting from £59,630, with T2 and T3 conversions also being offered by eClassics too. The company is also offering qualified dealers a ready-to-fit parts kit.

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