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Thursday, July 31, 2014

An eco-friendly Classic Beetle

A Californian auto modifier, David Bernardo very proud of his old Volkswagen Beetle now which is easy to drive and modern. He innovate by installing an electric engine package to replace the conventional engine. No more distinctive VW Beetle sound, there is silence in speed.
Zelectric Beetle is an electric powered Classic VW Beetle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tZyAIo)
David Bernardo successfully combines his iconic car with future technology. He called it Zelectric Beetle and prove that the iconic cars are still very popular can easily be treated, no hassle, more toned, and even eco-friendly.

In theory it is quite easy. Only by removing the old engine, and replacing it with an electric motor package. But it turns out in practice is not as simple as that. As reported by the New York Times on July 21, 2014, David had to adjust everything to support the new performance.
Zelectric Beetle still maintain its classical interior. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tZyAIo)
Initialy, the 1958 VW Beetle was fitted with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor plus drive. That way, the car can go up to 144 kph. The distance is quite far, achieving 180 km on a single charge.
The electric motor installation out back of Zelectric Beetle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o30n9z)
David had to modify the engine room located at the rear of the car to fit the new power source. More power to change the brake device should make it more capable of gripping. The suspension was also improved to withstand the additional weight by 136 kg.

Interestingly, it claimed to be the first VW Beetle electric car, David successfully combines new engine with the original 4-acceleration Beetle transmission system. Not intended to move the gear, but to increase the power coming out of the electric motor.
Not to mention the cost of the conversion process, but is expected to more than Rp. 50 million. With the advance of old looking but already carry the future technology, there is nothing better to drive it with pride. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZELECTRC MOTORS | NEW YORK TIMES]
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