Volkswagen Cars Prove Popular for Electric Conversion

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Volkswagen Prove Popular for Electric

By all accounts, Volkswagen is late to the and electric car party. The company its first full-production gas-electric the 45-mpg Jetta Hybrid, in 2012—about a dozen years the first hybrids hit U.S. The VW e-Golf, which will about 95 miles of range on a charge, will go on sale in the States in 2014. But fans of classic iconic design are not idly by, waiting for the German to go electric: they are taking into their own hands by Volkswagen models into

In fact, there’s a slick VW Type 3 Squareback electric currently listed on eBay.

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In its form, the compact Volkswagen 3, introduced at the 1961 Frankfurt Show, brought diversity to lineup at the time. When the units went into in early 1962, Volkswagen a wagon variant, known as the in the United States. The VW Type 3 the company’s dominant rear-engine, drive layout.

But all that greasy combustion has now been yanked out of the model on eBay—and replaced with car parts, what the seller as: an Advanced FB1-4001 motor; 12 batteries; a Curtis controller; a charger; and an adapter place for the VW transmission.

The back seat was to make space for the batteries, but the car’s interior is intact. The body—also known as an “estate” design—makes for a good loaner for an conversion. As we wrote about month, one of the cardinal rules of EV is: “ More room equals batteries—and more batteries longer driving range.” as is, with new lead-acid batteries in car, it provides only 26 miles on single charge, to the seller.

In the past few months, we’ve about the gorgeous red 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. to EV by automotive journalists David That car using lithium ion offers closer to 50 miles of And there was the knock-out 1998 EV conversion that had been a piece for nearly 15 years.

That Beetle, like the EV conversions, reveal there’s an for VW styling on the outside—with an electric and batteries on the inside.

Maybe vehicles will encourage to advance the design concept of its unveiled at the 2012 Detroit show—and move it into In the meantime, we suspect that classic VWs from yesteryear be transformed for the electric car age by enterprising EV enthusiasts.

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