First Zelectric Bug Goes Up for Sale at $45,000
$45,000 can buy you a lot of things. If you’re into German SUVs, it’ll get you a new VW Touareg. Fast cars? You’re not far off a base model Boxster. But for the serious VW enthusiast with a penchant for new technology, that wad of cash could get you the keys to this jet black 1966 Zelectric Bug, the first all-electric Volkswagen Beetle, on sale from San Diego’s Zelectric Motors. RELATED: Check out Volkswagen's funky 2014 Beetle Dune off-road Concept
As we mentioned earlier, Zelectric Motors takes the venerable Beetle, plucks out its gasoline engine and swaps in an all-new AC motor and battery packs that drive the rear wheels through the original manual gearbox. Best of all, no cuts or welds are made to the original Beetle during its electrification process. Hypothetically it could always go back to original condition, though that would seem counterproductive.
Once on the road, the Zelectric Bug zips comfortably up to highway cruising speeds thanks to its instant torque and will net around 80 miles of range on the highway and even more around town. The battery packs and motor are effectively maintenance free and expected to last for around 160,000 miles.
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This glossy ’66 Zelectric Bug in question boasts a well-executed restoration, which is especially evident inside. The immaculate interior appears showroom new and cleverly hides new-age features like the digital eFuel gauge and iPod speaker system. On the outside, the Bug sits on two-tone smoothie rims wrapped in whitewall radials, and wears a vintage California black plate on either end.
So there you have it. For $45,000 you get a brand new Beetle that handles and drives like a sports car and a fuel bill in the single digits. Who wants one?
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