Just like the VW eT1, KOSTAL also established a completely new segment with the PLENTICORE. The hybrid inverter set new standards for all solar system operators at its market launch. KOSTAL Solar Electric Managing Director Frank Henn is aware of the significance of the imagery that the eT1 exudes: "The VW Bus is a true original and a successful model, and its design was ahead of its time. The Bulli established a market segment. Our PLENTICORE plus hybrid inverter is also a true KOSTAL original as an all-rounder with high flexibility, durability and reliability."
Volkswagen produced this series with the designation “T1” from 1950 to 1967 with the look that is so nostalgic today. The VW eT1 presented by KOSTAL at Intersolar houses a special feature in the rear: an extremely quiet electric traction drive with integrated liquid-cooled controller for a motor output of up to 40 kW, a range of up to 200 km and a top speed of 120 km/h. As another unique feature, the regenerative braking is controlled by a purely mechanical four-speed gearbox.
The eT1 is also already pre-equipped for bidirectional charging. This means that the eT1 can be driven with renewable energy – preferably with self-produced solar power – and even serves as a small power plant in its own right, because temporarily stored energy can be fed back into the house grid via a bidirectional wallbox, for example to reliably supply a single-family home with electricity for a week. The drive of the eT1 and the bidirectional CCS charging technology were developed by Classic eCars as part of the R&D project LokSmart and have been tested in extensive field trials. The system is more than "smart grid ready": it is already making local smart grids possible.
With the Europe-wide market launch of its innovative wallbox, KOSTAL is setting new standards in electromobility and literally living up to the Intersolar theme of "Connecting Solar Business". The ENECTOR is always ready for use and provides the perfect interface between the wall and the car. With the usual KOSTAL convenience, additional features can be easily added at a later date.