"Best of the Best."– Robb Report
Based in San Diego, California, we zelectrify midcentury vintage Volkswagen and early Porsche classics for the 21st century.
Zelectric Motors started with a simple concept. We set out to transform our vintage VW Beetle into a fast, dependable car. A total stock sleeper, it would be super fun to drive. Oh, and require almost no maintenance. Plus, we would like it to be good for 100 miles on $2-3 dollars of fuel.
The future is electric. But we always loved classic VWs, Porsches and vintage euro-rides. 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 air-cooleds inside and out. As work began on our first Vdub, we named it the ZelectricBug.™
Two and half years of testing to perfection 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. Vintage Beetles, Microbuses, Karmann Ghias, Things, and early Porsches.
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. If you don't currently own it, we will find and supply the classic car or Microbus of your dreams and outfit it for the 21st century. We routinely round up excellent candidates, and may have one or two on hand, rebuilt Zelectric and turnkey ready to go, starting at $73,500. Or bring us your own vintage air-cooled classic for a Zelectric rebuild, starting at $54,500-$75,000+ depending on the model and options.
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.