A vintage Vw Bulli, but electric

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The moment chosen for the debut was not the best: canceled due to the health emergency the event in which the event was to be presented to the press and the public (the Techno Classica fair in Essen), Volkswagen decided to proceed with the launch. And here it is: the Electric Bulli. Not the very modern I.D. Buzz, inspired by the iconic minibus from the sixties and seventies, but a vintage model converted into an electric vehicle.

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Made in collaboration with the German eClassic (expert in this kind of transformations), the e-Bulli was obtained through a retrofit process, that is the addition of new technologies to a classic base, a 1966 T1 Samba. Fully restored, as well as electrified, it is offered for sale by eClassics 64,900 euros.

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The e-Bulli
The e-Bulli

The original 44 hp four-cylinder boxer engine it has given way to an 83 HP and 212 Nm torque electric engine, which transmits the traction to the rear axle. The maximum speed, self-limited, of 130 km / h. To power the engine a 45 kWh lithium-ion battery (under the floor), which ensures 200 km of autonomy and can be recharged in direct current through the Ccs connector up to 50 kW (at 80% in about 40 minutes) or alternating up to 22 kW. The comfort of the original Bulli has been improved with the introduction of multilink suspension with adjustable shock absorbers. The addition of four disc brakes and a new steering system improve safety and responsiveness.

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The aesthetic of the e-Bulli is that of the original model. THE designers limited themselves to updating the soul of headlights and lights with LEDs and coating everything with a new two-tone orange and white paint. Even the interiors have been maintained in the style of the first model, but improving the finishes with quality materials, from the leather of the seats to the solid wood and the solid wood floor.

The interior of the e-Bulli
The interior of the e-Bulli

Unprecedented shift lever. The original speedometer, but enriched by a two-digit minidisplay that provides various information, including autonomy. The radio seems vintage, but very modern: Dab +, Bluetooth, Usb input, she doesn’t miss anything we are used to today. There is also the possibility of managing the vehicle remotely through the appropriate smartphone app: so you can see, for example, the state of charge of the battery. The “children of digital flowers” are satisfied.

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March 27, 2020 (change March 27, 2020 | 15:06)

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