There’s something cool about reproducing retro-looking vehicles in an electric form factor. You get all the exciting, old-fashioned design vibes that today’s car culture sorely misses, but in a modern vehicle that doesn’t require two hours of tinkering for every hour of driving.
And this great looking reproduction of a 1960’s VW bus is a perfect example of that. Well, except for the fact that Alibaba’s top EV engineers seem to have given the bus a feature that I don’t think was standard at the time.
In addition to being a working, steerable electric van, this VW-style reproduction EV also seems to do double duty as an electric food truck.
It’s designed with a pop-top that opens for extra headroom and a drop-down bar that transforms into a serving tray.
The interior is largely bare, allowing owners to fill it with all the kitchen appliances they want. It could be a taco truck, a 1960s malt shop on wheels, or as our graphic man seems to believe, a mobile dog food restaurant.
I’m not sure how he expects me to collect payment from these dogs, but I’m not throwing away the business plan just yet.
And the kicker is that the awesome little electric bus costs just $2,000! At that price, how can you afford not to start your own ice cream/dog food truck?
If you think this is too good to be true, think again. The sellers were no doubt aware that our western audience here might be suspicious of whether or not this e-VW was the real deal, so they arranged for a video of it in action to be included.
The list doesn’t come with a top speed, but the video doesn’t make it look like the thing is moving very fast. I’ve seen pedal-powered coffee carts go faster.
But again, such a nice food truck should not move too fast, otherwise people will not be able to enjoy the view!
I can’t exactly vouch for the quality of this thing, but it’s certainly reassuring to see that the specs list includes features like “4 wheels” and “longevity”.
The one-year warranty doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, any more than the fact that the warranty only covers “core components.”
I think if the bike falls off you’re covered, but if a mirror falls off then that’s up to you.
To be fair, this thing looks like it was designed to spend 99% of its life parked, which should be pretty easy on the components. As long as you can push, pull, push or drag it into place, it will look pretty awesome when it arrives.
Something tells me it won’t really be street legal on US streets, though, so that towing option might be a good one to keep in your back pocket.
But if you ever wanted to get started with your own food truck or coffee cart, at least this would be a pretty eye-catching way to do it. I can’t recommend free dog food as a business model, but I hear hipsters and instagrammers are paying top dollars for unique coffee experiences these days. It’s hard to be more unique than this!
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