The California-based Zelectric Motors recently presented the ZelectricBug, which is a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle converted to electric drive with some help from EV West.
According to Zelectric Motors, the car is in perfect shape and "No metal is cut - nothing welded on".
It has a 50 kW induction motor (HPEVS AC-50) for over 100 mph top speed, 20 kWh battery pack with range of 80 miles and a price tag of $45,000.
" Zelectric Motors has completed its electric 1966 Volkswagen Beetle rebuild, and has put it up for sale. The '66 ZelectricBug, as it's called, is powered by a 50-kW electric motor and 20-kWh battery pack, and offers 120 pound-feet of torque. It has a range of 80 miles, and is capable of at least 100 mph. The stock transmission has been rebuilt. It also has some new goodies like high-performance sway bars, custom shocks, and LED lighting. The '66 ZelectricBug is priced at $45,000."
Detailed description of vehicle up for sale:
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- Maintenance-free 100% electric 3-phase 50KW AC motor - 80 mile range - Double+ the original horsepower - No metal is cut - nothing welded on - $45,000
- 120 foot-pounds of instant torque - top speed 100+ MPH (so far) - 20 kWh battery pack (37 160Ah cells) - Lithium LiFePO4 Batteries - Battery life: 160,000+ miles - 10–15+ years
- American-made electrical components - Fast! Weighs 1000 lbs lighter than Nissan Leaf - 6061 Aluminium Battery Boxes - Heavy Duty Clutch & Lightened Flywheel - J1772 Charge Port - Charge it anywhere
- No oil. No gas. Zero emissions. - No valves to adjust - Huge VW parts network worldwide - VW mechanics everywhere
- White wall radial tires - Front Disc Brakes - Sound Deadening throughout - Stock (rebuilt) transmission - Heavy duty shocks
- Digital eFuel Gauge - Electric Ceramic Heater - AMFM Radio/CD/MP3/USB - LED Head/Tail lights + 3rd brake light - Spare tire with Jack
Motor differences - no maintenance - no valves to adjust - no carburetors to adjust - no fuel, oil, air filters to replace - no belts or mufflers to replace - no spark plugs/wire - no oil - no gas - made in america - way more effective use of energy - uses american made energy - 85% of new power plants are using green energy
Driving differences - shifting — less - braking — less - HP — double - torque — instant - motor maintenance — none - no warm up - this is a city car — 80mi range
Fueling - plugin at night - ready in the morning - solar power ready - charge anywhere 110/220v household outlet or 220 public charger
Included additional items – The Zelectric build - disc brakes - sway bars - radial tires - rebuilt transmission - LED headlamps - LED lights - bright and safe - 3rd brake lamp bright and safe - Seat belts - HD clutch and related parts - HD custom shocks
What's important in a classic car that we keep stock - stock height - nothing cut - unmolested dash - period correct interior - can be converted back to gas - white wall tires - spare tire - manual transmission - car is going up in value
Everything works and is in great shape We test the car 500+ miles before releasing it Everything is tested - what needs replacing we replace
Cool items in this car - NEW single VW logo key for 4 locks incl motor bay - Radio delete - unmolested dash - vinyl steering wheels cover - German bumpers - rebuilt speedometer - stereo w usb - New WW running boards - New 2-tone powder-caot smoothy rims - 1300 badge 66 only - White wall radials new - 66 hazard lights - 66 wing window latches - Clean tight headiner - Red coco mats - New front beam - No paint scuffs on door jams - Painted well w everything removed - Color sanded / smooth - Black CA plate - Detachable antenna - Porsche style headlight glass
- La Jolla Concours 2014 Best in Class - Steve McQueen 2014 Chairmans Award - Steve McQueen 2014 Best VW Award - San Diego Car Show on the Bay 2014 Import Award 2nd Place - Pacific Grove Little Car Show 2014 Big Green Zucchini Award
Options (not included) - electric ceramic heater - Black powder coated roof rack - tire/wheel options
Contact: david @ ZelectricMotors (dot) com"