Forget Volkswagen's New Electric "Microbus," This Guy Converted An Original to Plug-In Power Electric Volkswagen Microbus, The Original Forget Volkswagen's New Electric "Microbus," This Guy Converted An Original to Plug-In Power Electric Volkswagen Microbus, The Original
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Forget Volkswagen's New Electric "Microbus," This Guy Converted An Original to Plug-In Power Electric Volkswagen Microbus, The Original

by Ben Jervey

March 4, 2011

But, let's be real, the Bulli, as this iteration is called, is nothing like those fabulous, hulking, spacious people-movers and serviceable sleeping quarters of yesteryear.

It's a 1966 VW Microbus converted to run on electricity that I found on Youtube. Here's the video:

The fellow who built it—let's call him TheGreenVW—says that the whole conversion cost him around $10,000, including the batteries. Some other facts:

  • It's a 1966 model Volkswagen Microbus.
  • It'll go 40-60 miles on a one hour charge.
  • He's had it on the road for ten years already, having only had to replace the batteries, and as is clear in the video, that beauty is showing no signs of slowing down.
  • Has air conditioning.
  • It seats five, even with the considerable space devoted to batteries and converters.
  • He's maxed it out at 75 mph.

There are a lot more technical details that the builder spits out at the beginning of the video. He's pretty active in the comments section of this video, so drop him a line and ask him anything.

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Forget Volkswagen's New Electric "Microbus," This Guy Converted An Original to Plug-In Power Electric Volkswagen Microbus, The Original