In 1970, Volkswagen set up its Centre for Future Research, tasked with developing what VW thought might be the future powertrain for their cars. Two years later an all electric T2 VW camper was being driven on the road. However, weighing in at 2.2 tonnes and with a range of just 70 kilometres from a single 10 hour charge, the practicalities of fossil fuel won out.
Even so the T2 electric Camper did find many followers as a short run city car and could have worked perfectly for short-distance city driving such as municipal fleet vehicles.
It’s interesting to see that in 2019 VW are revisiting electric technology, with smaller batteries and motors along with more and more charging stations, making it an increasingly practical alternative.