"No electric car produced by a major manufacturer has had styling as eye-catching as this." – Green Car Reports
This all started with the Classic Bug, made 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, Ghias, Microbuses, VW Things and air-cooled Porsches all continue to rise in value, and when Zelectrified are incredibly smooth, quiet, and fun to drive.
There are many cars suitable for electric conversion, but we've found that these classic air-cooled models rank among the best. They’re found at the intersection of Volkswagen’s and Porsche’s most driveable and collectible vehicles. Given their light weight to start with, a number of select modifications make them perfect candidates to handle the torque of the high-performance Zelectric drivetrain along with double or triple their original HP. They're also all 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 made the early Bug the perfect candidate for our first high-performance electric drive? The simplicity of the car's design and its light weight are exceptional. And unbounded personality, character... exactly 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. But no one ever has.
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.