Based in San Diego, California, we zelectrify midcentury vintage Volkswagen and early Porsche classics for the 21st century.
Zelectric Motors started with a simple concept. We set out to transform our vintage VW Beetle into a fast, dependable car. A total stock sleeper, it would be super fun to drive. Oh, and require almost no maintenance. Plus, we would like it to be good for 100 miles on $2-3 dollars of fuel.
The future is electric. But we always loved classic VWs, Porsches and vintage euro-rides. Back in the summer of 2006 we thought: wouldn’t it be cool: the juxtaposition of past/future. RetroFuture! Take that sweet German design and throw in a high performance electric powertrain. That would just blow us out of the water. Outrageous! We wanted that in our garage.
6 years passed. Thinking about it. Wondering if it could be done. Researching possibilities. Then we dove into it. In 2012, we built up a network of seasoned experts, each top drawer specialists in their field – high performance EV engineering, VW restoration, and mechanics who know vintage air-cooleds inside and out. As work began on our first Vdub, we named it the ZelectricBug.™
Two and half years of testing to perfection produced our initial turnkey offering. The ZelectricBug rebuild features a custom-designed electric powertrain paired with exclusive upgrades, all of which are retrofitted into investment-worthy VW Beetles (1958–1967.) We can zelectrify your current car or find the perfect candidate. Vintage German originals. Beetles, Microbuses, Karmann Ghias, Things, and early Porsches.
The transformation begins with the conversion to a 100% electric powertrain. Next, select modifications and upgrades complete the Zelectric Performance Package to provide the most awesome retro-electric drive imaginable.
There are three ways to go. If you don’t currently own it, we will find and supply the classic car or Microbus of your dreams and outfit it for the 21st century. We routinely round up excellent candidates, and may have one or two on hand, rebuilt Zelectric and turnkey ready to go, starting at $75,000. Or bring us your own vintage air-cooled classic for a Zelectric rebuild, starting at $56,000 and up – depending on the model and options.
Available now: Turnkey, ready to drive – 85HP 1967 21-window Deluxe Microbus
For a full list of candidates for the Zelectric rebuild other than the classic Beetle, click here. Our focus is on producing turnkey vehicles, but If you already own a perfect candidate in prime condition, a Zelectric retrofit is possible. The base price for the client-owned Beetle rebuild is $56,000. Or, if you don’t already have the VW you’ve always wanted, we will supply it.
From an investment perspective, the best Zelectric Beetle candidates are models built from 1958 through 1966 or 1967. These years represent the sweet spot – where Beetles offer the best combination of collectibility and drivability. Parts are easily available. Because we never compromise stock appearance, their values continue to climb over time.
ZelectricBugs are available for customization, ready to be outfitted with client-selected upgrades and options. Each vehicle released for purchase features its own walk around in-depth video and detailed spec listings.
More to come. If you’re interested in a specific model that’s already sold, we can supply another of the same. Zelectric Beetle, Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, Microbus, Karmann Ghia, or Thing… whichever model you have in mind, let us know
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