Volkswagen electrifies classic Type 2November 28, 2019
Volkswagen of America introduced the electric version of the iconic Type 2 minivan, equipped with a 134-hp transmission from e-Golf.
A one-time conversion was undertaken in collaboration with California West EV electric car specialist, to “demonstrate the power of the e-Golf drivetrain to motivate classic VW models.”
The van is not visually changed, it has an original raised stand, two-tone paint and a minimalist interior, with obvious changes limited by the addition of a charging port behind the fuel tank cap and the removal of a 59-hp air-cooled four-cylinder petrol engine.
The e-Golf transmission has been largely unchanged, and Volkswagen claims that the Type 2 Independent Rear Suspension “makes perfect traction with the transverse gear.”
While the e-Golf achieves a 144-mile WLTP-certified range, the converted Type 2 can travel just 125 miles due to its increased weight and lower drag coefficient. New 1.5-liter gas engine promises to help updated Volkswagen Golf beat the competition where the fuel tank once sat.
Volkswagen will also replace the Type 2 analog meter with digital dials so that the driver can better monitor outputs and charge status.
In September, Volkswagen introduced the Beetle electric convertible, created by the conversion firm eClassics and powered by a 81-hp transmission. from the original e-Up.
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