Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles partnered with eClassics to create the “e-BULLI,” based on the T1 Samba Bus. Underneath the unassuming shell, the team swapped out its four-cylinder boxer engine for a new 61 kW electric motor generating 82 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, mated to a one-speed gearbox that enables it to top out at an electronically limited 81 mph.
The entire powertrain is located in the rear of the e-Bulli to drive the rear wheels, while beneath the vehicle’s floor, you’ll find a 45 kWh battery pack with a range of 124-miles one a full charge. Plus, the battery is compatible with DC fast charging good for an 80 percent charge when being charged at its maximum level in just 40-minutes.
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- Package Dimensions: 11.4 cms (L) x 13.4 cms (W) x 27.2 cms (H)
- Product Type: Non Riding Toy Vehicle
- Package Quantity: 1
Volkswagen also equipped the vehicle with a new multi-link suspension in front and rear as well as adding adjustable shocks for a smoother ride. Its new rack-and-pinion steering system and four-wheel disc brakes were installed finish off the modern upgrades. How much does this conversion cost? Well, eClassics said that they’ll convert the T1 / T2 / T3 buses for $70,000 USD, not counting the cost of the donor vehicle.