Volkswagen Showcases New and Historic Electric Vehicles at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance


Volkswagen: Herndon, VA – May 21, 2021 – Volkswagen will present the past and present of its electric vehicle innovation at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2021 through an exhibition of its all-new electric ID.4 and a 1979 Elektrotransporter. Based on a Volkswagen Type 2, this rare vehicle was originally used by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

The Elektrotransporter, owned by Volkswagen of America, will be presented as a tribute to one of the show’s themes, historic electric vehicles. During the 1960s and 1970s, Volkswagen produced a handful of electric bus and golf models to test the feasibility of electric propulsion and charging. In 1978, the Electric Power Research Institute purchased 10 of the buses for testing with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The Elektrotransporter used 24 lead-acid batteries in a 1,225 lb. pack under a raised floor. The electric motor was bolted directly to the existing bus transmission, permanently locked in second gear, driving the rear wheels. With just 23 hp under pressure, the bus had a top speed of just 48 mph, but offered an early version of regenerative braking, now standard in modern electric vehicles. Volkswagen of America recently acquired one of these first unique electric vehicles for its historic fleet and plans to get it back to working order.

In addition to the bus, the all-new ID.4, named World Car of the Year 2021, will be on display at the Volkswagen stand and take part in the Take Charge EV parade on Sunday morning. The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV and has garnered considerable consumer interest since it first hit U.S. dealerships in March.

“We are thrilled to be sharing two amazing Volkswagen electric vehicles with the public,” said Hein Schaefer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing. “Volkswagen has a pioneering history and the ID.4 is just the first step in our plans to make electric vehicle innovation truly accessible to everyone.

The two electric vehicles will be on display May 22-23 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which will take place at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is a business unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s activities in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial services centers and its factory. state-of-the-art manufacturing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and the largest European car manufacturer. Volkswagen sells Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, ID.4, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent US dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or for more information.

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