Say hello to the concept VW electric bus

Date:25 March 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, ,

In some news not relating to the coronavirus, Volkswagen has unveiled its latest concept based on the 1966 T1 Samba Bus, and best of all, it’s all electric.

On Tuesday [24 March] the German automotive giant unveiled its vision for a 21st-century version of the classic kombi to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The all electric bus, which has been named e-BULLI was originally intended to be revealed at this year’s German Techno-Classica event in March, but that has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The e-BULLI is powered by a 45kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be found in the vehicle’s floor. According to the manufacturer, the e-BULLI can drive up to 200 kilometres on a single charge. However, don’t expect swift acceleration like you’d get in any other modern day EV, the e-BULLI has a top speed of 105km. This less than ideal top speed does have a pleasant side-effect though, you’ll be getting a significantly quieter ride when compared to the original gas guzzling version of the bus.

While the e-BULLI is powered by 21 century technology, it manages to merge new and old aesthetics seamlessly. Its leather and wooden interior, and overall shape is a throwback to the past, while its Bluetooth and USB connectivity is a reminder that you’re not in an ordinary kombi. Another benefit to the e-BULLI is the fact that it can be charged both at DC fast charging stations as well as via a standard powerpoint, home “wallbox” chargers.

The best thing about the e-BULLI is that if you happen to own type 1, type 2, or type 3 VW Kombi and live in Europe, you can purchase a conversion kit from the VW partner EClassic for around R1 219, 245 (€64,900). A certified workshop can take care of the conversion.

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