Volkswagen unveils KEV, the fully electric Kombi

Volkswagen New Zealand has revealed a fully electric 1966 Kombi along with an open source ‘greenprint’ for anyone looking to revolutionise their classic van.

Jun 15, 2023

Volkswagen is on a journey to reduce its carbon footprint and to celebrate the much-anticipated arrival of the new, fully electric ID. range, Volkswagen has breathed new life into an icon. Volkswagen says KEV the Kombi Electric Vehicle embodies the nostalgia and charm of a classic, while paving the way to the future. 

Once used by the Dunedin Health Board, KEV has been lovingly restored and repowered with a new heart, fueled by clean energy. The initiative seeks to "green up" one of the brand’s most recognisable vehicles with an open source guide online to help Kombi owners revolutionise their iconic retro.

The guide - called the ‘Greenprint’ - delivers a how-to plan for passionate owners to convert their own Volkswagen vehicle to fully electric solution.

Max van den Bergen, Volkswagen Special Vehicles Manager, says the change from classic to e-classic has been extraordinary.

"I know Kombi owners are super passionate about their vehicles, so it’s great to share our journey and plans required to turn their classic into a full EV. When almost half [47%] of Kiwis are likely considering and EV for their next vehicle, we’re thrilled to offer a range of electric and PHEV vehicles along with one that’s slightly more unexpected.”

Volkswagen’s goal is to continue to spread peace, love, and freedom with free-to-all access on how to convert a classic Kombi to an EV.

The Kiwi arm of the German automaker is encouraging Kombi owners to revolutionise their retro with the Volkswagen Greenprint, which is available to download from