Maggie — The Tesla-Powered Camper Van

You may remember the series about how the first electric VW camper van from eDub Services came to be. It was no easy task, but as with all new endeavors, it takes practice to get better. Meet Maggie, the Tesla-powered classic motorhome of your dreams that you can actually hire, in the UK that is.

Photo by Kit Lacey, eDub Services

In a press release, eDub services explains the name of this building:

“This camper, named Maggie, started life in the US and lived there until she was imported to the UK in 2013. In fact, Maggie originally came across the shame shipment as eDub’s original camper: Indie. ‘Having been stuck converting the Indie all those years ago, we heard of another identical motorhome that had shared the trip across the pond.’ Director Kit tells us: ‘My mechanic couldn’t pass up this opportunity and snapped her up.’

“She was a classic brown and orange color originally with a very worn interior, but a good shell. Nicknamed ‘Mark’ (as in Mark 2), she was intended for eDub but was sold to a local enthusiast who intended to restore it.”

Photo by Kit Lacey, eDub Services

In 2021, eDub found that “Mark” was still available, a deal was made, and “Mark” became “Maggie”. Maggie is eDub’s 5th T2 conversion and is packed with the latest in classic vehicle technology:

  • Battery pack: 35 kWh (new cells, not recovered from salvage yards)
  • Range: 90 miles (145 km)
  • Charging: 70 kW CCS Fast charging (available early next year with a small upgrade)
  • Powertrain: Tesla unit capable of 220 kW (270 HP) derated to 60 kW (80 HP compared to the original T2 50 HP).

Photo by Kit Lacey, eDub Services

The press release goes on to describe the aesthetics and functionality:

“Maggie is no longer the brown and orange she once was. Some of the orange remains in the upholstery inside, but the paint has been changed to a beautiful light beige and white combination. The interior is simple and efficient. A full-width bed folds down from the sofa. A bespoke cupboard houses a fridge, storage, a sink and an induction cooker, meaning Maggie is 100% emission-free! Up front, there’s no longer a gear lever or clutch. A small switch switches from forward to reverse. The accelerator pedal and the dials have all been replaced with replicas that look original but work flawlessly with the new electric drive.”

You can find out more information about hiring Maggie at edubtrips.co.uk. If you want to buy a conversion, eDub offers the 35kWh conversion for around £55,000. Throwing in an extra £15,000 gets you a much larger 61kWh battery with over 160 miles of range.

Photo by Kit Lacey, eDub Services

eDub Services has a vision to place eDubs in every national park as a franchise. You can read more about this at edubconversions.co.uk/franchise. And eDub can also help find a donor car for you. At this point I asked Kit Lacey how this will play out in the future – will there be enough vehicles to buy or will eDub focus on conversion kits for classics that customers bring? Kit replies:

“Some of our customers come to us with their own motorhomes that have been in their family for decades. We love taking these beloved beauties and giving them the next step in their development. The VW T2s were manufactured right up until 2013, so we don’t see ourselves running out of them. We hope we can convert as many as possible before more end up wearing out. We will also keep working on other classics, we want to keep things interesting for our team!”


 

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