Plug-In Electric VW Beetle Featured By Fully Charged – Video

SEP 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 13

In another episode of Fully Classic Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn features a VW Beetle converted to electric drive.

Electric VW Beetle | Fully Charged

Electric VW Beetle | Fully Charged

It’s 100% electric, has a range of 100 miles and a top speed close to the same.

The motor power of this project isn’t high, but the whole point was to combine the classic Bug styling with modern electric drive technology, and then just enjoy the ride

“A glorious drive through glorious Welsh countryside in a classic VW Beetle, that’s also a really impressive electric car.”

Electric VW Beetle

Electric VW Beetle

Electric VW Beetle - electric gauge

Electric VW Beetle – electric gauge

Electric VW Beetle charging

Electric VW Beetle charging

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As much as this is cool looking, the advances in EV batteries, motors, and electronics by major manufacturers appear to leave these conversions in the dust.

I do look forward to the electric kit car revolution that we are on the cusp of. Soon there will be kit cars designed to be EVs from day one with purpose-built electric motors and domestically produced batteries with far better characteristics.

May not be fully electric kit car out of the box, but here’s an interesting kit EV, Factory Five kit car model 818. 2500 lb, 400 HP, 1/4 mile 11.5 sec.

EV DYI people can use the Remy HV250 brushless motor with inverter in conversions. It costs more but is much better.

Not to mention the advances in safety.

I love these cars, but there is no way I would let my family drive around in one. There is a very clear line of demarcation between survival in modern vehicles involved in collisions and classic vehicles. You can walk away from an accident in a Honda Civic that would kill the occupants of this car. There are just too many other distracted and careless drivers out there to gamble, despite the fact that the car is so neat.

Sorry to be a downer, but I really struggled with wanting to do one of these conversions and realizing I would never drive it because everyone else on the road is trying to kill me.

It’s hard not to like Robert.

I saw one like it in San Diego drive electric event. I think he was trying to sell it for $18K.

If you saw it in San Diego it might have been done by this company or woth their kit that cost 19k…

Yeah, the close-up photo of the digital display is actually from the left-hand drive version.

If you watch the video, you will see the photo does not match the right-hand drive version.

There was a guy in Mendicino, CA who had a Porsche Speedster replica EV convertible.

Corbin Dunn also has one he drives around Silicon Valley (he designed it himself, using relatively modern technology– he plugs it in at the charging stations at Apple)

Fun! Would love to have an all electric early 60s Japanese Pickup for those Lowes trips.

Beautiful conversion. Other than reduced cargo space vs. a standard Beetle(*), pretty much no compromises. Range is decent for what you’d do with a classic car, and power is better.

One of the comments on the Youtube video says total cost was gbp25K (I’m assuming that includes the donor car, and that that’s what Electric Classic Cars got paid, so also includes labor for the full restoration & registration, not just EV parts). Not cheap, but not as expensive as I’d have expected.

(*)Looks like about half the frunk space is taken by the front battery, but there’s airspace in the back compartment (formerly ICE — maybe some of that could be used as well if it’s not required for cooling)