Electrical Volkspod Takes You On An Eco-friendly Beetle Cruise
The Volkswagen Beetle is a real car icon, and whereas it might not be the quickest or most breathtaking trying automobile ever constructed, its unmistakable form with these elegant curvy fenders and bulgy lights holds a particular place in many individuals’s hearts. After which it evokes them to construct minibikes from those self same components.
[Brent Walter] is nicely know as an originator of the passion, beginning a short time in the past together with his Volkspod. Impressed by [Brent’s] work, [Jonah Mikesell] determined to present it his personal attempt, however in contrast to the unique design that makes use of an precise minibike beneath the hood, he built an electric version of it, and painstakingly documented every step along the way.
The thought of the Volkspod is to take the Beetle’s two entrance fenders, weld them collectively to 1 symmetric physique, and switch it right into a small bike. [Jonah]’s model does all that, however as an alternative of taking a complete minibike as core of the mission, he solely makes use of a minibike body and substitutes the engine with a 2000 Watt e-bike motor together with an e-bike battery pack. Becoming the body throughout the dimensions of the fender assemble required some additional welding work, however in the long run, all of it got here properly collectively, and with its crimson paint job, it kinda appears like one thing from a classic post-apocalyptic sci-fi cross-genre film. Watch him taking it for a spin within the video after the break.
Sadly, neither the original Volkspod nor this one has the roaring engine sound of an precise Beetle — which is akin to what the wings of a real-life beetle of comparable measurement would most likely sound like. However nicely, it’s always an option to fake that. And if [Jonah] ever feels the urge of an even bigger engine, maybe a washing machine can help.