Chances are you’ll keep in mind the sequence of how the primary electrical VW camper van from eDub Providers got here to be. It was not a simple process, however like with all new endeavors, it takes follow to get higher. Meet Maggie, the Tesla powered Traditional Camper Van of your desires, which you’ll truly lease, within the UK that’s.
In a press launch, eDub companies explains the title of this construct:
“This camper van, named Maggie, began life within the US and lived there till she was imported to the UK in 2013. Actually, Maggie initially came to visit on the disgrace cargo as eDub’s unique camper: Indie. ‘After getting caught into changing Indie all these years in the past, we heard of one other an identical camper that had shared the journey throughout the pond.’ Director Equipment tells us, ‘My mechanic couldn’t miss this chance and snapped her up.’
“She was a traditional brown and orange color initially with very worn interiors however a great shell. Nicknamed ‘Mark’ (as in Mark 2), she was supposed for eDub however was offered to an area fanatic who supposed to revive it.”
In 2021, eDub discovered that “Mark” was nonetheless obtainable, a deal was made, and “Mark” grew to become “Maggie.” Maggie is eDub’s fifth T2 conversion and is full of the most recent in traditional car know-how:
- Battery pack: 35 kWh (new cells, not reclaimed from salvage yards)
- Vary: 90 miles (145 km)
- Charging: 70 kW CCS Fast charging (obtainable early subsequent 12 months with somewhat improve)
- Drivetrain: Tesla unit able to 220 kW (270 BHP) derated to 60 kW (80 BHP in comparison with the T2 unique 50 BHP).
The press launch goes on to explain the aesthetics and performance:
“Maggie is now not the Brown and Orange she as soon as was. A number of the orange stays within the upholstery inside however the paint has been swapped for a beautiful gentle beige and white combo. The interiors are easy and efficient. A full width mattress folds out from the couch. A customized cupboard holds a fridge, storage, a sink and an induction hob, which means Maggie is 100% emission free! Within the entrance, there’s now not a gear stick or clutch. A small swap adjustments from ahead to reverse. The throttle pedal and dials have all been changed with replicas, that look unique however carry out seamlessly with the brand new electrical drive.”
You’ll find out extra details about hiring Maggie at edubtrips.co.uk. If you wish to buy a conversion, eDub provides the 35 kWh conversion for round £55,000. When you throw in an additional £15,000, you get a a lot bigger 61 kWh battery with over 160 miles of vary.
eDub Providers have a imaginative and prescient to put eDubs in each nationwide park as a franchise. You possibly can learn extra about this at edubconversions.co.uk/franchise. And eDub may assist discover a donor car for you. On this level, I requested Equipment Lacey how it will play out sooner or later — will there be sufficient autos to buy, or will eDub give attention to conversion kits for classics that prospects herald? Equipment responds:
“A few of our prospects come to us with their very own camper vans which have been of their household for many years. We love taking these well-loved beauties and giving them the subsequent stage of their evolution. The VW T2s have been manufactured proper up till 2013 so we don’t see us operating out of them. We hope we are able to convert as many as doable earlier than extra find yourself rusting out. We’ll maintain engaged on different classics too, we need to maintain issues fascinating for our workforce!”
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