"No electric car produced by a major manufacturer has had styling as eye-catching as this." – Green Car Reports
The Classic Bug, perfectly Zelectric.
When you think about it, retrofitting a classic with an electric drivetrain just makes good sense. This makes best use of an existing car rather than using new non-renewable resources to create one from scratch. Investment-grade vintage Beetles continue to rise in value, and when Zelectrified are incredibly smooth, quiet, and super fun to drive.
There are many cars suitable for electric conversion, but we've found that classic Volkswagen Beetles built between 1958 and 1966 rank among the best. These years are the sweet spot, at the intersection of Volkswagen's most driveable and collectible Beetles. Unlike earlier versions, 58-66 models were better built to handle the torque of the high-performance Zelectric drivetrain along with double+ original HP. They're also continuing to gain value as the herd thins.
The iconic Bug's universal popularity continues half a century after it was first built, along with a robust worldwide industry supporting VW owners. Thousands of specialized mechanics, owners' clubs and parts manufacturers can be found almost everywhere.
What makes the early Bug the perfect candidate for a high-performance electric drive? The simplicity of the car's design and its light weight are exceptional. And unbounded personality, character... where today's modern EVs come up short.
No metal cut, nothing welded on. No permanent metal modifications occur with a Zelectric upgrade, other than two (invisible unless back seat is lifted out) small holes to accommodate wiring. The Bug's original electric wiring still powers lights, wipers, radio, etc. Any Zelectric could easily be converted back to its original gasoline-powered engine if desired.
It's a sleeper. Other than a small digital "e-Fuel" gauge mounted in the original dash opening, the car appears 100% stock. Outward appearances will give no clue to onlookers ... until a Zelectric blur quietly flies by on the freeway.