This is an effort by Volkswagon to combine two things in high demand these days: The classic style of their 1960’s vans with the green functionality of their 2020’s electric drives. It’s a classic VW van with zero road emissions.
According to Hannover, “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is presenting for the first time the e-BULLI, an all-electric vehicle that produces zero emissions on the road. 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. The stage for the world premiere was to have been Techno Classica 2020. As it has been postponed, VWCV is now presenting it virtually. An important message for all fans of the Bulli and of electric mobility: the combination of high-end classic and high-tech electric vehicle will be available to buy for real. VWCV partner eClassics is planning to offer T1 conversions and T1 complete vehicles in the style of the new e-BULLI.”
VW worked with electric car conversion specialists to come up with a suitable design for the T1 Samba Bus e-BULLI. It has a new VW 61kw electric motor, almost twice as powerful as the original 32kw boxer engine of the 1966 T1 classic van.