The Nimbus Concept is a Futuristic, 4x4 Take on the VW Bus
The Volkswagen Bus is a wonderful, iconic vehicle, but if you’ve seen “Little Miss Sunshine,” you’ll know that they are aging, and would make for a rather challenging vehicle to take on a road trip. But what if you could have all that style with modern reliability, and even more capability? The Nimbus might have you covered.
The Nimbus by Eduardo Galvanis takes cues from the original VW bus, but then also bakes in some Baja bug and Lunar lander to make a truly go-anywhere family vehicle. The design somehow manages to make the bulbous body shape masculine with touches such as off-road tires, a raised ride height and cargo rack with light bar.
Considering energy needs in the future, the Nimbus is powered by an electric drivetrain with a small gas power generator (think of the powertrain in the Chevy Volt). It has four drive modes- Energy Saver for city use, Standard Mode, Faster Cruise, and Four Wheel drive. It would use a lithium-ion battery and incorporate regenerative braking.
The Nimbus is well connected, with a center touchscreen for internet access, as well as four USB ports. But the source post at Dornob points out that its best feature might be the large windows, providing massive views of whatever destination you seek.