53 kW

53 kW? Any Herbie fan knows the number, but not the power rating. This beautiful little 1967 Beetle came to reGEN Autowerks with a seized engine, trashed interior, and some faded 53 decals. During the restoration and EV conversion process, a funny thing happened. As Steve Nestel tells it, "The electric motor specification sheet was sitting on my desk one day. I glanced down and noticed that peak power for this motor was 53 kiloWatts. That sealed the deal for restoring its old Herbie glory."


Vehicle: 1967 Volkswagen Type I Beetle

Motor: HPEVS AC-50 3-phase AC induction

71 HP (53 kW), 121 ft-lb

Billet aluminum transmission adapter

Drive: Curtis 1238 AC motor controller

650 A peak / liquid cooled

Fuel: Tesla Model S Lithium Ion Battery Modules

5 modules totaling 26.5 kWh

126 VDC max

BMS: Dilithium Design Battery Management System

30 cell voltages, 15 module temperatures

Color touchscreen interface

Gauge: 6V analog fuel gauge showing battery state of charge

Charge: J1772 charge port

Elcon 2500 W dual voltage charger

Power: 300W, 12V Sevcon DC-DC converter

Tranny: 2-speed with heavy duty differential

Aluminum flywheel

Throttle: Toyota Prius Hall-effect pedal

Brakes: Disc front / drum rear

Radio: Custom Autosound 300W AM/FM/Bluetooth

Speakers: Under-seat 250W with 8-inch subwoofer

Range: 80 ~100 miles

Speed: 75 MPH low gear / 143 MPH high gear (yeah right!)