Concept of a potential Microbus
After making an online appearance yesterday, the VW Budd-e concept is back in live shots from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
With slim chances of actually hitting the assembly line in the near future, VW’s Budd-e is yet another concept of a potential Microbus. In the wake of the nasty Dieselgate debacle, it comes as no surprise that the vehicle is fully electric as VW leans towards an electrified future. The concept looks pretty sweet, but knowing that it won’t be made is a little bit frustrating.
Motivation is provided by electric motors mounted at each axle and working together with a 101 kilowatt-hour battery pack that has enough juice for 373 miles (600 kilometers). The concept has a top speed of 93 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour) and utilizes the new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) set to underpin future plug-in hybrid and electric Volkswagen models.
The Budd-e concept is actually a technological tour de force on the inside where it packs three individual configurable displays forming a huge curved screen. There’s an advanced voice recognition system along with support for touch and gesture controls which will likely be all the rage in a few years from now.
VW’s latest concept shares the spotlight at CES with the e-Golf Touch, another concept previewing an all-new infotainment system for compact cars featuring support for gesture controls.