Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and eClassics have teamed up to update the old school classic VW camper van or the Bulli as they call it in Germany. The most interesting thing about this revamped love child is that you can acutally buy it! It’s not a prototype or a showcase, it was meant to debut, at the now postponed, Techno Classica 2020 in Germany.
Taken straight from the highways of California this camper van has been covered to an EV. It’s four-cylinder boxer engine was swapped for a new electric motor that makes 82 horsepower, nearly doubling the original. The torque has been more than doubled up to 156 pound-feet. A one-speed gearbox was installed and speed wise you’ll be electronically limited to 130km/hr. You won’t be taking this on to the race track, but it is a significant performance bump.
The engine is found at the back as the e-Bulli is rear wheel drive and the 45kWh battery lies along the base of the van. You’ll be able to get 200km with a full charge, the charge is only fast charge, up to 50kW, so 40min should get you 80%. All the electric components for the retro fit have been manufactured by VW.
The chassis has been redesigned with a new multi-link suspension on the front and rear ensuring a smoother ride. The shocks are also completely modern and adjustable along with new rack-and-pinion steering and four wheel disc brakes.
Inside the camper van the retro look an feel has been updated with modern touches like LED light. There is no touch screen infotainment system for obvious reasons, it would simply look and feel completely out of place. The seats are new as it the gear shifter. The floor is made out of wood to simulate a ships deck.
If you have a Bulli or camper van kicking around eClassics will be able to convert yours for 54,900EUR. They’ll also be able to covert the T2 & T3 versions in the series. It’s a niche product for sure, but in the spirit of the 60s we love the reduce, reuse, recycle vibe!
Interested? Head on over to eClassics here in Germany as they won’t be appearing on VW lots for direct purchase.