The renowned German automaker and one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the world, Volkswagen – has recently unveiled an electric version of its old 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 bus popularly called “Danfo” in Nigeria.
1. The electric Volkswagen Type 2 “Danfo” bus
This new electric bus showcases the possibilities of the Volkswagen e-Golf powertrain in an astonishing way. Volkswagen commissioned EV West – an electric car conversion specialist from the west coast to construct this beautiful re-invented 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 “Danfo” bus that is electrically-powered powered.
1.1. The exterior
The exterior design and features of this new electric “Danfo” bus are just like the original version which runs on fuel. This is made possible by the modern electric vehicle technologies used for re-inventing the old bus which fits just perfectly. So, you can pretty much say this new “e-Danfo” is more like the same on the exterior as the old version except that the fuel intake “hole” has been swapped with an electric charger port.
1.2. The Interior
Just as seen with the exterior, a larger percentage of the interior of this new electric bus remained the same with the original version. The fireproof enclosures and the battery pack were reinforced in the fuel tanks former location and under the vehicle’s front seats respectively. However, the long-throw shifter which comes with the original old bus has been changed to actuate “Drive”, “Reverse”, “Neutral” and “Park” regenerative braking modes which is common to the e-Golf powertrain.
1.3. Under the hood
This new electric “Danfo” bus comes with a powerful powertrain and an impressive 35.8kWh battery pack collected from a 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf donor model. This gives the new electric bus a 125miles approximate drive range and this new powertrain now replaces the old 60hp air-cooled 4-cylinder engine at the vehicles rear compartment.
The electric Danfo packs a 100kW synchronous permanent magnet AC electric motor with a 1-speed transmission and a powerful charging system as well.