Volkswagen turns vintage cars into electronic cars - with series technology!

Volkswagen turns vintage cars into electronic cars – with series technology!

Classic and old VW buses without rattling Boxer, it’s tough existing. But without further ado can be made: It Start The “eClassics” in Renningen (near Stuttgart) can also complement the popular model on wheels original part from Volkswagen to electric cars. Previous engine power 25 hp triples then it drops to 83 hp! This allows the old T1 to travel at speeds of up to 130 km/h.

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It would be faster, but out safety reasons speed is limited electronically. The historic VW T1 Samba – at the time the top version of the first-generation Bulli – went to the max with a boxer of 25 hp. 80km/h. The battery, which is installed on the floor of the vehicle, must have a “significantly overloaded” range 200 kilometers allow. Trustworthy that driving experience “completely changed” is what VW said.

The first provider for high-voltage based e-car conversion

From real work of eClassics is – a sign of the times – the software development. “Software architecture written that enables existing VW components to reset and network with each other,” Alexander Schwan of eClassics told AUTO BILD model will that is not easy to meet each other digital way convey. This is possible with the new code. After extensive testing, VW has grace given. Now eClassics can be the first provider high voltage conversion to install. “Previously not on the market.” Most are Low voltage tinkering, where the electric motor will be screwed into the gearbox. “That sounds like one staplerjust awful.”
VW T1 e-Bus

VW components account for electrical components – they come from today’s electric cars like the VW e-Up and ID.3.

If you want your VW T1 bus to be electrified by eClassics, you will have to pay around 100,000 for the conversion 50,000 Euro. In Look for eClassics can also help you find a classic car suitable for conversion. Converting a VW Beetle, including hardware, costs approx. 40,000 Euro, and T2. Reason: T2 is more stable executed, handles higher power better, so the old chassis can last. The basis of the T1’s electrification, among other things, is the technology for the small electric car VW e-Up. The performance of the engine, the automatic gearshift gate in the cockpit and the new one testify to this Fahrpedal. He position right, different from the old, hanging Accelerator.
VW T1 e-Bus

No clumps of exhaust gas, no boxer engine rattling: The 1968 electric Samba runs almost silently – and at 83 hp!

In fact, they too mileage from vintage Bullis with people from “donor vehicle“The VW e-Up is comparable. Since the curb weight of the two is similar, it’s approx. for both cars 950 Kilograms. In order for the T1 to be able to tow a battery that weighs about 250 kilograms, it must new axle here. But cars come in the current flowing traffic easily With.
VW T1 e-Bus

The conversion was carried out by partner company VW eClassics in Swabia. He was also looking for a suitable base vehicle.

Dead ancient Drum replaced with internally ventilated disc brakes, chassis is at rest congested on modern shock absorbers coil springnew rack and pinion steering improve maneuverability. All of these are part of the conversion kit – including TV Certificaten and VW warranty. Power electronics, cables, batteries, and peripherals such as CCS charging sockets also come from VW factory in Salzgitter. The 54 kWh battery can be charged at the fast charging station 40 minutes recharge up to 80 percent with a charging current of up to 70 kilowatts.

The e-car experiment with vintage cars begins in early 2019

experience VW has been involved in the electrification of classic cars since 2019. At that time, the group presented a converted Beetle at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. that cooperation with eClassics started in the same year. In March 2020, research “e-BULLI“, the T1 is electrified by VW Commercial Vehicles. While VW North America is turning the T2’s successor into an e-bus. “Studies show an example of just how big potency is in concept,” says VW. According to the company, “demand for electrified historic vehicles is increasing fast.”
VW T1 e-Bus

VW wanted electrical components from the series to be used as standard on the classic conversion.

The eClassics company now has about 20 Cars equipped with new technologies – Beetle, T1 and T2. The accusation by some puritans that they are “old terrorists” or “classic killers” chills Schwan. “That’s exclusively trash car used for conversion,” he said. Schwan is Managing Director of Carblast, a specialist company to remove paint and rust from classic cars. So he can preparation offer for conversion at the same time. But he didn’t want to change a Ferrari or a Porsche. Reason: “If motorcycle sound gone, you hear suspension and brakes, it doesn’t sound good.”

Also convertibles from other brands

The VW Group announced that the division VW Group Components in the future also electrical components as a standard for classic will offer. The goal is a historic Volkswagen model By default electrified with VW spare parts. A Classic e-Golf, in one Real electrified golf, should be available immediately. VW is also considering the Karmann Ghia Type 14, VW 181 Kübelwagen or Buggy to be electrified. In conversion from T3 eClassics also works.



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Even vintage cars other brands want to help VW convert with an electric kit. “The perspective is also the delivery of components from Modular electric drive kit (MEB) planned,” said Ludwig Fazel, Head of Strategy Group technology division at Volkswagen. It’s based on this platform current electric model, from ID.3 to ID.4 to the great-grandson of Bulli ID.Buzz.