The Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has a loyal following of passionate automotive enthusiasts, with its iconic styling and association with the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Recently, Volkswagen has been making a major push for electrification, with many planned electric-powered vehicles in the upcoming years. To showcase the possibilities of automotive electrification, Volkswagen partnered with conversion specialist EV West to modify a 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus with an all-electric powertrain.
Electrified 1972 VW Type 2 Bus at the Petersen Automotive Museum
The electrified 1972 VW Type 2 Bus is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It has an electric powertrain from a VW e-Golf, housed in the rear compartment of the vehicle. With a synchronous AC permanent magnet electric motor and a 35.8 kWh battery system, it provides an estimated range of 125 miles. The original VW Type 2 Bus had an air-cooled 60-horsepower four-cylinder engine.
“Their passion for classic-car culture and commitment to renewable energy made EV West the ideal choice for this project. 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.” – Mathew Renna, VP G4, Volkswagen North American Region
Special Design Modifications for the Electrified 1972 VW Type 2 Bus
The majority of the design elements of the electrified 1972 VW Type 2 Bus remain the same, with a few special modifications. This includes a classically styled multi-function digital EV gauge in the dashboard, custom-engineered enclosures for the battery units, and a regenerative braking mode for the long-throw shifter.