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.
If you can’t wait for the ID Buzz to arrive in 2022, VW have just the microbus for you. Say Hi to the eBULLI, an EV conversion of a 1960s T1 Samba bus. https://t.co/i1gmGLfQAH @volkswagenindia #eBULLI pic.twitter.com/OW6UGkfbFf
— evo India (@evoIndia) March 24, 2020
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.