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1966 VW Bus Turned Into Electric Vehicle, on Omaze

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This is a 1966 VW Microbus that has been converted into an electric vehicle by Zelectric.

Currently, it’s available as a fundraiser on Omaze, meaning, there’s going to be someone who gets to win this bus along with twenty thousand dollars in cash for a road trip.

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1966 Zelectric VW Microbus EV Conversion

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This is a fully electric-powered 1966 VW Microbus.

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It has been built out by Zelectric, a company that turns older cars into electric vehicles.

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This custom-built electric vehicle has upgrade3d power steering, a rearview camera, regenerative braking, LED headlights and taillights, an Alpine sound system with Bluetooth, and more.

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It’s RWD and features an electric motor coupled with a 32 kWh Tesla battery.

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This retro van seats up to 7 people.

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You can charge using an AC cord or a J1772 charge port for faster charging at power stations.

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The van has a top speed of about 100 mph, a range of about 85 miles, and about 100hp of power on the electric motor.

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Omaze is actually giving this van away using a fundraiser. The winner wins the electric 1966 VW Microbus from Zelectric (even taxes and shipping are covered), plus, $20,000 in cash.

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  • 1966 VW Microbus
  • Converted to fully electric by Zelectric
  • Retro and classic style
  • Tesla batteries coupled to an electric motor
  • USB charge ports
  • Rearview camera
  • Fundraising closes Jan 27, 2021
  • Winner announced Feb 10, 2021

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  • merryl
    January 1, 2021, 9:03 am

    I’ll take the cash please!

    • jerry dycus
      January 1, 2021, 10:27 am

      It’s both and why anyone wouldn’t want this EV too as likely sell for more than $20k, more like $35k even if you didn’t want to keep it.
      And while the stock seats do make a bed, kind of hard seeing why it is here. And these are worth too much to be screwing with them though you can convert them in a way they can be converted back.
      And why would anyone put power steering in it? It’s one of the easiest steering vehicles without it.
      Vs I just got a 95 S-10 EV conversion and will make it into a camper for 1, 2 in love with a shower. By making an aero camper shell to replace the bed you can save weight done right and increase range at 65mph by 30%.
      It’ll have solar for camping and over 200 mile range making it one of the few pickups with that range.

  • January 1, 2021, 10:50 am

    Although we are MASSIVE VW Van fans and former owners, this seems to be a short distance exercise. What with two locations for Prius Recycle where they chop off the upper sections and chop the structure in half for mating to different car bodies and pickup configurations like the ’47 Chevy Pick-up I saw, seems a much more functional system. The majority of people who have the ability think, having something that will exceed 85 mph is not an economic variant to be considered. Until a point can be reached with batteries where the surfaces are generating enough from solar the idea of an electric stand-alone power is going to remain a dream.IMHO.

  • Mary McGuirk
    January 1, 2021, 10:07 pm

    The savings (in normal vehicles, not tiny home type things) is in not having to process so much new steel, plastic, glass and stuff…UPCYCLING existing vehicles (newer ones that are generally cheaper to run, and classics that are just fun) will do a lot of good for the environment and help get to the CRITICAL MASS of EV’s in order to justify the charging stations needed….plus it CREATES LIVING WAGE JOBS, and stimulates the sustainable living cause.

    I am curious what it would take to retrofit some RVS like winnies and such… Is it even reasonable to think about moving a larger vehicle?

  • Bill
    January 2, 2021, 1:29 pm

    I would use 20k to remodeling vw van became full time living

  • January 2, 2021, 9:35 pm

    well, i love it! would love to own and drive it daily!

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