Family man creates fully electric solar powered VW Bus

Ashland-based inventor Brett Belan and his wife Kira have built a full electric solar powered Volkswagen bus and converted it into a camper.

Brett Belan transformed the 1973 Volkswagen Van into an energy-saving vehicle for use for trips in nature and to the coast with his family.

Brett Belan spent his free time for a couple of years building the solar-powered electric Volkswagen bus. He removed the old gas engine, installed the new electric motor, built the battery box, and solar array rack.

He and his wife, Kira, custom made the pop-up tent and camper features. During Summer 2016, Brett and Kira Belan and their two kids traveled 1,400 miles, camping along the Oregon and California coasts.

The inventor, who has been creating with solar panels for nearly two decades, says: “It’s nice to take your vehicle off grid. You just park it in the sun and its always ready to go.”

“It’s a little playground that’s the idea.”

Solar Electric VW Bus

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

 

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