The Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus is a forward control light commercial vehicle first introduced in 1950, and to keep it up to date, California-based EV West decided to give a 1972 model year vehicle an all-electric makeover. They swapped out its four-cylinder gas-engine for a 2017 e-Golf-sourced 35.8kWh battery pack and 134hp electric motor, mated to a single-speed transmission in the rear compartment of the Type 2. Read more for additional pictures and information.
To better handle the heavier weight, EV West also had to tune the suspension. When fully charged, the EV can achieve a respectable 125-mile range. For those who are interested in seeing it live, just head on over to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
We are very excited to be a part of this project. 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,” said Michael Bream, Founder and CEO of EV West.