last July, Volkswagen took the wraps off its first electric microbus concept surrounding the beloved Type 20 campervan. The German automaker continues to experiment with classic aesthetics and modern tech with its new e-BULLI prototype.
For this latest EV, Volkswagen revamped a T1 Samba Bus that was produced in Hannover, Germany. VW swapped the first 32 kW four-cylinder boxer engine with its in-house, 61 kWmotor. The e-BULLI has twice the torque than the first combined with a top speed of 130 km/h (approximately 80 miles per hour). It also sports rear-while drive with its battery located within the center of the vehicle’s floor to lower its center of gravity and improve maneuvering.
Rounding out the specs, the e-BULLI is provided with LED headlights, a retro speedometer with a two-digit display, LED charge indicators on the rear of the vehicle and a tablet affixed to the ceiling above the windshield. the corporate plans to launch T1 conversions and fully-made T1 microbuses with prices starting at around $70,000 USD.
VW was initially getting to debut the e-BULLI at Techno Classica 2020, but the convention was canceledthanks tothe coronavirus. Nevertheless, stay tuned for further details surrounding the e-BULLI’s production and rollout. within the meantime, inspect some classic VW microbuses within the embed below.