When Ferdinand Porsche first envisioned the “Auto für Jedermann” or “Car for Everybody”, way back in 1931, who would have thought that his idea would end up as the world’s most iconic car? Almost 80 years later, the Volkswagen Type 1 can be found in every corner of the planet, from the deepest jungles of Brasil, to Indonesia and Antarctica. The simple air cooled rear engine design has been imitated by many manufacturers over the years, but almost none have had the same impact as what would be universally be known as The Beetle. The 1960′s brought about massive social changes around the world and the Beetle was at the forefront. A symbol of the counterculture, the little 2 door was a way for everybody, no matter where they were in the world, to get from point A to point B. With well over 21 million units produced, the Type 1 Volkswagen is the world’s best selling car of a single design.
Today, the UBC Electric Car Club continues the revolution. By converting a Type 1 Volkswagen, from a dirty, internally combusting, fossil fuel consuming relic, to an electrically powered, clean and efficient mode of personal transport, the UBC ECC is learning lessons from history and preparing for a bright, clean, sustainable future.
*Photo by Daniel Lu