28 November 2019
28 November 2019, Comments Comments Off on Volkswagen and EV West create an electric vintage Type 2 bus
Volkswagen and EV West create an electric vintage Type 2 bus

Volkswagen of America commissioned west coast electric vehicle conversion specialist EV West to create an electrified vintage Volkswagen Type 2 Bus with the e-Golf powertrain.

“Their passion for classic-car culture and commitment to renewable energy made EV West the ideal choice for this project,” said Mathew Renna, VP G4, Volkswagen North American Region.

“We thought, who better to see if the e-Golf powertrain would be the perfect fit for our older vehicles. It’s great to see that the spirit of hot rodding is going to live on into the electric age,” continued Mathew Renna.

The powertrain and 35.8 kWh battery system from a donor 2017 e-Golf has given the e-Bus an approximate range of 125 miles.  The powertrain fits in the rear compartment of the e-Bus, which was previously occupied by the stock air-cooled 60-horsepower four-cylinder engine.  The independent rear suspension of the Type 2 Bay Window makes a perfect mate to the transverse driveline which is contained in a single unit that houses the 100kW synchronous AC permanent magnet electric motor, one-speed transmission and charging system.

Most of the other exterior and interior features of the e-Bus remain, mostly unchanged. The battery units are contained inside custom engineered, reinforced and fireproof enclosures located under the front seats and in the former location of the fuel tank. The stock long-throw gear lever remains but now actuates park, reverse, neutral, drive, and the regenerative braking modes (PRNDB) that are all familiar aspects of the e-Golf. To further maintain its authentic feel, the e-Bus is fitted with a classically styled multi-function digital EV gauge in the dashboard.  This gauge allows the operator to cycle through multiple views and monitor vehicle outputs.    

“We are very excited to be a part of this project,” said Michael Bream, Founder and CEO of EV West. “Merging a historic model from an iconic brand with the technology of today, is just one of many ways that we can step closer to a more sustainable future while continuing to enjoy our rich automotive heritage.”  

Painted Kansas Beige and Pastel White, the e-Bus was part of a rooftop display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, November 21st during Volkswagen of America’s 4th Annual Drive-In Movie event.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

EV West was founded to provide customers with high quality parts and resources for the purpose of converting vehicles over to electric and to the maintenance of electric vehicles.