Volkswagen has released another teaser of its electric concept for the CES 2016 held in Las Vegas. The model name is Budd-E is a glimpse of the future proposal for a green minivan inspired by the legendary Type 2.
With expected presentation to the 6th of January, the Volkswagen Budd-E Concept is still shrouded in mystery. Sources say that will be the first car brand with flat batteries, a technology that will allow the release of the most versatile electric cars.
In the wake of a pledge to boost its vehicle electrification efforts, Volkswagen has now confirmed that it will show a concept for an electric Microbus at CES.
FURTHER UPDATE: Volkswagen released another teaser photo, of the concept vehicle\’s rear, showing what appears to be the name “Budd.e”. That\’s a name VW had already trademarked in Germany, and a play on the word “Bulli,” the nickname in Germany for the original Type 2 bus.
Volkswagen Budd-E Concept
UPDATE: Volkswagen released a 10-second teaser video for the concept on December 22, which we\’ve embedded at the top of this article.
But one phrase stands out in the VW press release.
The sentence in question reads, “The world premiere marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility.”
And it\’s the “affordable long-distance” part that\’s really interesting–because, thus far, the two future electric vehicles VW Group has discussed so far are both luxury cars.
They\’re the production version of the Audi e-Tron Quattro Concept SUV (possibly to be known as the Q6), and the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton large luxury sedan, now postponed until 2020 or so.
An “affordable” new VW Bus with a fully-electric drivetrain that provided long-distance travel (200 miles or more) would be a major step forward for VW\’s so-far theoretical plans to pump up its plug-in electric portfolio.
As a smaller and lighter vehicle than either of the luxury cars, it might be able to use a lower-capacity battery to achieve the same range.
And that might give VW its first affordable 200-mile electric car–and a stylish, iconic one to boot.
The company has shown two concepts for new VW Bus vehicles over the years, starting in 2001 with the VW Microbus. A decade later came the Volkswagen Bulli Microvan Concept of 2011.
In the spirit of the old bus, the Bulli featured a split-folding front bench seat, another bench behind, and the ability to stow the rear seat for more cargo capacity.
It could even be made into a camper by reclining the seats to make a sleeping platform–just like the old Sixties and Seventies VW campers.