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Cars Volkswagen electrifies classic Type 2 with e-Golf powertrain

12:15  27 november  2019
12:15  27 november  2019 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Volkswagen and EV West turn a 1972 VW Type 2 into an all-electric van. The e - Golf drive hardware gets swapped into the original rear engine compartment. Buzz crawls slowly through development, Volkswagen keeps our appetites whetted by electrifying another classic Type 2 , this one with

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With the e - Golf powertrain , the Type 2 is capable of driving on a single charge for 125 miles. “Their passion for classic -car culture and commitment to “We thought, who better to see if the e - Golf powertrain would be the perfect fit for our older vehicles. It’s great to see that the spirit of hot rodding

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The conversion was undertaken in collaboration with EV West, a Californian electric car specialist, with the aim of "showcasing the possibilities of the e-Golf powertrain to motivate classic VW models".

The van is visually unmodified, sporting its original raised stance, two-tone paint and minimalist interior, with obvious changes limited to the addition of a charging port behind the fuel filler flap and removal of the 59bhp air-cooled four-cylinder petrol engine.

The e-Golf powertrain has been carried over largely unmodified, with Volkswagen claiming that the Type 2’s independent rear suspension setup “makes a perfect mate to the transverse driveline”.

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While the e-Golf achieves a WLTP-certified range of 144 miles, the converted Type 2 is said to be capable of only 125 miles, due to its increased weight and lower drag coefficient.

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The van’s four-speed manual gearbox has been removed to make way for the e-Golf’s single-speed unit, with the 35.8kWh battery housed in specially designed fireproof boxes under the front seats, where the fuel tank once sat.

Volkswagen will also replace the Type 2’s analogue gauge cluster with digital dials to better allow the driver to monitor outputs and states of charge.

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