Those awesome old hippy vans, everyone loved them in their prime and people still continue to love them now. There have been rumours going around for a while about Volkswagen reintroducing the iconic van for a while now. People hope that it will look more similar to the old, the 1970s or the 1960s ones as opposed to the newer, more techie looking ones that have come out in more recent years. The new ones don't really have that same, aesthetic to them as the old ones. Well, one man took matters into his own hands and rebuilt a VW van himself, the best part is, it's electric. On the YouTube channel ItsBenModified, Ben, the owner of this channel, took a bright yellow, 1966 Volkswagen Bus, and completely restored it, and he also made it completely electric powered. He used various parts from different old Volkswagen vehicles, like the bugs and vans, to create a motor that can run on electricity. Isn't that amazing? So the van has that old style, mixed with new technology.
The yellow bus also has air conditioning too which is pretty impressive. He explains all of the different parts he has used in the vehicle and shows the batteries, that power the van. The batteries are stored perfectly, under the rows of seats, and the bus usually can seat 5 people comfortably. What a great family vehicle this would be. He takes us for a ride in the sweet van through the video footage and shows that it can go up to normal speeds. It is also so quiet since it is electric, and doesn't have that grumbly engine sound that some of the older Volkswagen vans have, even if their engines are completely rebuilt. This is such a great way to take an old classic and bring it up to the technology and environmentally friendly aspects of this era.
These vehicles had great bodies, and they were built really strong and durable. So it is a shame to see them go to waste in a landfill, or a salvage yard. Even if people don't want to wait for the new electric Volkswagen vans, they can always do a project like this one, where they install their own electric engine into the van themselves. You can watch in this video for more ideas, and follow links in the video to the website too, for more information. This project looks absolutely stunning, with the bright yellow paint, white accents and even yellow rims on the tires! You can really tell that the owner put a great deal of work into this project, and is super proud of it. It's possible to find these classic VW camper vans and busses for sale, but they do tend to be quite pricey since so many people are after vans like this one to restore. You can find good deals on your local buy and sell websites sometimes so it's good to keep an eye out for VW camper vans in your area.
More about this story can be found at: Youtuber: ItsBenModified