EV-conversion firm eClassics has collaborated with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to bring to us the e-BULLI, an all-electric concept which is based on the T1 Samba Bus. It’s a bit pricey and if that’s a concern for you, you can check out some of the other great used cars for sale in Sharjah. CarSwitch did some research to share the details of this concept with you.
In essence, this is actually a 54-year-old Volkswagen van which has been re-engineered and restored into an electric vehicle. Volkswagen has been teasing the comeback of the VW bus for years. In case you are wondering, eClassicss is a German company that specializes in electric car conversions. The e-BULLI gets an electric motor instead of T1’s original 43 horsepower engine. The updated version offers 82 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. A 1-speed gearbox delivers power and the top speed is 81mph.
Of course, other areas have not been forgotten either. eClassics has made a brand new multi-link front as well as rear axles with coil-over struts and adjustable shock absorbers. The vehicle also gets a rack-and-pinion steering system and it has also been upgraded with four internally ventilated disc brakes. The Stuttgart-based company says that these will help with dynamic handling.
Inside is a 45-kilowatt-hour battery pack which provides 124 miles according to estimates. With a CCS charging system, a fully drained battery can be charged to 80 percent of the capacity in around 40 minutes at 50K. There is also Level 2, AC charging that ranges from 2.3 to 22kW. The battery is placed on the floor to allow for better weight distribution and this enhances the vehicle’s handling with a low center of gravity.
Interior And Exterior
The interior has also been upgraded. The seating comes in two colors: ‘Saffrano Orange’ and ‘Saint Tropez’. The console in the front also features a new automatic transmission selector lever and the electric motor’s start/stop button is integrated there as well. For the floor, solid wood has been used. There is also a digital infotainment display inside and the vehicle also has a classic speedometer and a vintage stereo system.
On the outside, the minivan gets LED headlights and running lights. It also features LED charge indicators.
Availability and Price
Although this is a concept car, it is supposed to go into production. However, you will have to wait a couple of years for that, as the manufacturing process is not slated to begin until 2022. According to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, it will be available in the U.S. as a passenger van or a cargo vehicle in 2022. It is not known yet if the vehicle will also be available in other countries. The price will start at $69,500 or nearly AED 255,000.