Classic 1966 Volkswagen Bus Goes Solar

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Solar-powered cars are all over the place theses days… but I’m talking about indirectly solar-powered cars, or, at the least, electric cars that use solar-powered EV chargers. Directly solar-powered are basically limited to very specialized car races (+ this Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept). But that’s not to say there aren’t some out there.

The CTO of healthcare IT company Vecna Technologies, Daniel Theobald, has reportedly converted an iconic 1966 Volkswagen buses into a completely solar-powered vehicle. The solar panel bolted to the top of the Volkswagen bus looks like something the driver is transporting, but it apparently works nonetheless. Daniel and Vecna coworkers reportedly sized it right, too, as it reportedly produces enough electricity for the 1966 bus that it never needs to plug into a socket of EV charging station.

Image by Daniel Theobald
Image by Daniel Theobald
Image by Daniel Theobald

It would be cool to see Volkswagen turn a new version this hippie bus into a solar-powered electric vehicle, wouldn’t it? Green Car Reports indicates that something similar (if not fully solar powered) may be in the works. “The company has shown multiple concepts, and board member Heinz-Jakob Neusser said earlier this year that engineers were working on an all-electric bus successor.” Hmm, we’ll see. But seriously, if Volkswagen wants to win back the hearts of the environmentally minded and those nostalgic for the 1960s and 70s (which is a lot of people), I think Volkswagen would be wise to go down this route.


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Zachary Shahan

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