Bringing Together the Classic Styling of the Volkswagen Type 2 Bus and the Electric Energy of the e-Golf Powertrain

Volkswagen of America recently teamed up with EV West to create the hot rod of the future. They brought a classic 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 bus into the electric age by installing a stock powertrain and 35.8 kWh battery system from a donor e-Golf. It brings this vintage bus into the 21st century.

EV West is an electric vehicle conversion shop, with a deep commitment to both renewable energy and the classic car world. It was a natural decision to ask them to do the conversion. They kept the classic look of the Type 2 bus but gave it a powertrain that's ready to plug in the nearest outlet.

From the outside, the bus looks the same. However, when you open up the rear compartment, you see a significant change. Instead of the stock air-cooled 60-horsepower four-cylinder engine, you see the 100 kW synchronous AC permanent magnet electric motor, one-speed transmission, and charging system.

The batteries sit in two places: where the fuel tank used to sit and under the front driver and passenger seats. They are enclosed in specially engineered and fireproofed enclosures to maximize safety for everyone. The stock long-throw shifter looks the same, but it now actuates the park, reverse, neutral, and drive modes of the e-Golf powertrain.

To keep the bus feeling vintage, the driver's dash is fitted with a multi-function digital EV gauge that has classic styling. It allows the driver to monitor vehicle outputs and to cycle through multiple views.

This marriage of classic car and modern EV technology showcases the ability to bring together the best of old and new. With America's rich automotive heritage, it's a way to bring together the best of both worlds.

The EV Type 2 Bus made its debut at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 21st, 2019. It was during the Volkswagen of America's 4th Annual Drive-In Movie event.

Here at Mike Raisor Volkswagen, we are proud to be part of both Volkswagen's past and its exciting future. Please stop by our showroom in Lafayette IN to see the future for yourself. We are the Crawfordsville leader in automotive innovation and style, providing the most comprehensive inventory of new and used Volkswagen in the region.

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