March 26, 2020 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The Volkswagen e-BULLI Concept: Futuristic sustainability wrapped in an iconic shell

The Volkswagen T1, a.k.a. the Kombi, has been an icon in its own right. Not only because of Flower Power in the 1960s but also because of the sheer number of people who have seen its value as a simple yet capable vehicle over the years.

Despite being produced in the 1960s, the T1 Samba lives on as far as Volkswagen is concerned. The e-BULLI is essentially a T1 Samba that has been electrified. Yet this isn’t exactly a case of pulling out the gasoline motor and swapping it for an electric mill. As you will see from the photos, the Electric Orange Meetallic and Golden Sand Metallic exterior is complemented by LED front and rear light clusters, as well as a charge indicator that lets other road users know how much juice is left in your lithium-ion battery.

Step inside and it’s a mix of retro with modern cues. The steering wheel remains, as does the speedometer. The only difference here is that the speedo is enhanced by a digital display, along with a tablet style interface for the infotainment system with VW’s WeConnect device connectivity.

As for the interior itself, it’s got this retro vibe as well with its Saint Tropzaz and Saffrano Orange hues. And just like the original T1, it can seat eight passengers in relative comfort.

As mentioned above, it wll be powered by an 82 bhp electric motor. While it may not sound like much, the e-BULLI is a zero emssions concept and is poised to help protect the environment—something that hardcore Kombi fans always dreamed of.

At this point, the e-BULLI concept is just that—a look into what could be. Should it make it to production, this would really be the perfect mix between iconic and futuristic with a conscience to boot. Truly the best of both worlds.

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