VW Hippie Van Is Coming Back As An Electric Vehicle
The announcement was made during the latest New York Auto show by VW development head Hans-Jakob Neusser. He said that the company was working hard to reintroduce the nomadic van in an electrical capacity. The vans are still popular among DIY enthusiasts and classic lovers as it can be found abundantly in second-hand car sale portals and still goes strong! It was originally designed and manufactured in Germany way back in the 1950s before it was outsourced to Brazil and other countries due to tougher German regulations.
The new electric vehicle won’t have the vintage air-cooled engine from the 50s or the water-cooled version from Brazil. It will have a hybrid propulsion based on modern principles and other models from the Volkswagen company. The van will have a range of around 500 Km in one charge depending on settings used and even diesel and petrol ones could be offered. The company’s plant in Pueblo, Mexico is all set to manufacture these units come 2017.
Back in 2001 with the continued vintage popularity of the hippie van, the VW released the concept of a new microbus during the Detriot auto show. Ten years later, the Bulli model was presented at the Geneva Motor show.