BMW hasn’t said anything about resurrecting an old symbol for the forthcoming electric age. Okay, the Neue Klasse is returning for EVs, but it won’t be a vehicle in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s the name of a newly created platform for a family of zero-emissions automobiles set to debut in 2025. Meanwhile, Bavarian Econs Tech Gmbh, located in Germany, is recreating the vintage 2002. Introduce yourself to the 2002te.
It’s a restomod, but it’s not powered by a contemporary combustion engine. Instead, the greasy components are completely eliminated to accommodate an all-electric engine. Following the publication of a video of the 2002te lapping the Nürburgring last month, we were able to get a copy of the brochure.
As a result, we now have all of the information regarding the BMW 2002 converted into an EV. It keeps the rear-wheel-drive architecture, but adds an electric motor to the back. It has a power output of 161 horsepower (120 kilowatts), which isn’t very noteworthy. The same can be said about torque, since the e-motor produces just 170 Newton-meters (231 pound-feet). The 2002te, on the other hand, weights just 1,150 kg (2,535 pounds).
When pushed aggressively, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.2 seconds before peaking out at 150 mph (241 km/h). Bavarian Econs claims that a fully charged battery can let you to go 180 miles (290 kilometers). Range will, like with all EVs, be heavily influenced by your driving style.
The 2002te is available in two flavors.
There are two setups to choose from: Elektro and Econ. The former is essentially an ICE-to-EV conversion; everything else stays same, and output is not constrained. The latter is limited to five vehicles for the following two years and increases power to 250 hp. Aside from the increased power, it also has hand-built fenders and a unique interior made from sustainable materials. Furthermore, when it comes to customizing the 2002te Econ, Bavarian Econs thinks the sky is the limit.
“We were formed out of a love for BMW classics, a desire for a more sustainable future, and a desire to continue and recreate the history and joy of driving these gems for future generations,” explains Nicolas Navarro, CEO of Bavarian Econs. “Our admiration for these masterpieces inspired us to remodel them to today’s standards and give them the vitality they deserve,” Navarro said.
Because fuel will most likely become scarce in the future, these conversions should gain traction. Nonetheless, several manufacturers are considering options to keep aging vehicles on the road, chiefly synthetic fuels or hydrogen-powered combustion engines. For the time being, going electric is the best option.
Bavarian Econs is the source.