New Volkswagen e-BULLI electric camper van revealed
Volkswagen has introduced an all-electric concept version of the classic T1 Samba Bus, with 82bhp and a 120 mile-plus range
This is the Volkswagen e-BULLI Ė the German companyís first official attempt at creating an all-electric version of the classic T1 Samba Bus. It was pieced together with the help of electric vehicle conversion specialist, eClassic, and boasts a modernised chassis and a range in excess of 124 miles on a single charge.
It features a 45kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a small electric motor lifted from the Volkswagen e-Up! city car. The system develops 82bhp and 212Nm of torque, which is more than twice the output of the vanís original 1.5-litre air-cooled flat-four petrol engine. Top speed has also improved, rising from 65mph to 81mph.
Like the upcoming ID.3 hatchback, the e-BULLIís battery pack is mounted under the floor of the vehicle, while the electric motor and its associated hardware occupy the same space as the old engine. Thereís also standard support for 50kW DC fast-charging, which Volkswagen says can provide an 80 percent recharge in just 40 minutes.
To cope with the extra grunt from the electric motor, Volkswagen has completely redesigned the T1ís chassis, adding new multi-link front and rear axles with adjustable dampers, coilover struts and vented disc brakes. Thereís also a new rack-and-pinion steering system to replace the vanís old-world steering box, as well as larger wheels and tyres.
Cosmetic enhancements are subtle, stretching to a pair of LED headlamps with daytime running lights and a new two-tone colour scheme. Thereís also a handy LED charge indicator at the rear of the van.
Inside thereís a new automatic gear-shifter and centre console, a solid wood floor, a new analogue speedometer with an integrated digital display and a retro-styled DAB head-unit linked to a handful of hidden speakers. The seats have also been re-trimmed in a blend of orange and white leather, to match the vanís exterior.