VW Transformed A 1966 T1 Samba Into A Modern All-Electric Microbus

Mar 23, 2020

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Volkswagen, over the years, has produced some of the most recognizable automotive platforms of all time — including the Beetle, Golf, and (of course) the Microbus. They’re so iconic, in fact, that even ones that have been out of production for decades are still immediately familiar, even to folks uninterested in cars. Well, it looks like the German marque is ready to bring one of them back for the modern day, even if only as a concept. Allow us to introduce the Volkswagen e-BULLI.

Based on a genuine 1966 T1 Samba, the e-BULLI was fully-gutted and completely renovated both inside and out. And while the exterior simply got a new paint job — and, thankfully, still looks like a regular VW Bus — the interior has been completely reupholstered and equipped with modern conveniences and some onboard tech, like a digital gauge integrated into the speedometer. Of course, the biggest change is in the powertrain — which has been completely swapped out for an all-electric motor good for over 124 miles-per-charge, 82 horsepower (that’s almost double the original gas one), and over 156 foot-pounds of torque. Obviously, this old-meets-new EV is intended more for casual cruising than high-speed racing, but that’s kind of always been the point of the VW Bus.

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