Tie dye, rotary phones, record players, and Game Boys—they’re all things that just scream retro. All are iconic and many make a comeback. Some of them return with a modern touch, some don’t. Classic cars are always on demand, no matter the era. Who doesn’t fancy themselves a sharp Ford Thunderbird or sleek Jaguar E-Type from decades past? Whether they’re on the auction block or refitted with modern parts, the vintage aesthetic is very much still in. An iconic vehicle making its way back into the scene is the Volkswagen bus. We’ve known it as an icon of the counterculture movement in the U.S. and the ultimate mode of transportation for the free-spirited in the 1960s. It’s back and has been reimagined with more modern and eco-friendly tech in mind.
Modern and green
From the outside, the Volkswagen e-BULLI looks like the iconic bus we all know and love, but it’s heading for a greener future. It’s an electric microbus revamped from a T1 Samba Bus. A newly redesigned chassis adds greater comfort, safety, and more dynamic handling compared to the T1. There are multi-link front and rear axles with adjustable shock absorbers and coilover struts. There’s also a new rack-and-pinion steering system and four internally ventilated disc brakes.
The original 32 kW four-cylinder boxer engine is swapped out for VW’s 61 kW electric motor. The motor is powered by a 45 kWh lithium-ion battery in the vehicle’s floor. It packs 81 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. That’s two times the torque than the original. The e-BULLI has a top speed of approximately 80 mph. Both AC and DC charging is available. DC charging can power your battery to 80% in 40 minutes and a full battery will take an estimated 124 miles.
A crossover of new and old
There are still some classic touches to the e-BULLI so that everything, while modern, is still time appropriate. The exterior looks just like it stepped out of the 1960s, but there are some updates. The e-BULLI’s old lighting fixtures have been updated with LED tech, including LED headlights and charge indicators on the back of the vehicle. The bus is painted in “Energetic Orange Metallic” and “Golden Sand Metallic Matte.” Inside, a retro speedometer with a two-digit display gives the bus that 1960s vibe. The seats are new and all of the flooring is made out of wood for a maritime feel for the cabin. For a more modern touch, there’s a tablet affixed to the ceiling above the windshield. The interior also features a modern gear shifter in the center console with a regenerative braking mode. Buy Here