"Best of the Best."– Robb Report
Based in San Diego, California, we outfit and zelectrify midcentury Volkswagen classics to go the distance in the 21st century.
The future is electric. But we've always loved our classic VWs and vintage euro-rides. And Tesla, the whole EV thing. So back in the summer of 2006, we thought: wouldn't it be cool: the juxtaposition of past/future. RetroFuture! Take that sweet German design and throw in a high performance electric powertrain. That would just blow us out of the water. Outrageous! We wanted that in our garage.
6 years passed. Thinking about it. Wondering if it could be done. Researching possibilities. Then we dove into it. In 2012, we built up a network of seasoned experts, each top drawer specialists in their field - high performance EV engineering, VW restoration, and mechanics who know vintage Volkswagens inside and out. As work began on our first Vdub, we named it ZelectricBug.™
Two and half years of testing to perfection have produced our initial turnkey offering. The ZelectricBug rebuild features a custom-designed electric powertrain paired with exclusive upgrades, all of which are retrofitted into investment-worthy VW Beetles (1958–1966.) We can zelectrify your current car or find the perfect candidate, including air-cooled Karmann Ghias, Things and Microbuses.
The transformation begins with the conversion to a 100% electric powertrain. Next, select modifications and upgrades complete the Zelectric Performance Package to provide the most awesome retro-electric drive imaginable.
There are three ways to go. We round up beautifully maintained vintage Beetles and may have one or two on hand, rebuilt Zelectric and ready to go, starting at $68,000. Bring us your own vintage air-cooled classic for a basic Zelectric rebuild, $49,000-$60,000 depending on the model. Or, if you don't currently own it, we will find and supply the classic car or microbus of your dreams and rebuild it Zelectric for the 21st century.
Zelectric Motors is not and never will be a factory assembly-line operation. Each vehicle is meticulously rebuilt by hand into retro-futuristic experiential art on wheels. By the nature of the business itself, production will always be limited to bespoke creations, each somewhat unique.
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Zelectric Motors is the brainchild of award-winning designer-producers
David Benardo and Bonnie Rodgers, partners in life and business since 1986.
Lifelong aficionados of the VW brand, they've owned and loved vintage
Microbuses, Karmann Ghias, and various 50s-60s Beetles.