ZelectricBugs: Vintage VW Beetles Made Electric

Combining the old and the new can sometimes make for strange outcomes (think grandma on Twitter), but occasionally there’s a magical melding of the old and new that seems borderline brilliant. We think these electric-powered vintage Volkswagen Beetles are the perfect example oh this kind of synergy.

They’re called ZelectricBugs, and the guys at Zelectric Motors are taking classic Beetles from the ’58-’66 era and converting them into fully electric vehicles. With zero emissions, ranges up to 110 miles on a few bucks worth of electricity, and no need for oil, these cars are obviously environmental warriors. But ZelectricBugs also feature top speeds of over 90 mph, and when you much less than a Nissan Leaf, well, that’s highway-passing power you just wouldn’t get from a 1966 Bug in 2014. The exteriors and interiors are all spruced up while still maintaining that vintage vibe, including ceramic heaters for instant heat. The company’s first vehicle is going for $45,000. Watch the video below. [Purchase]

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