Volkswagen to unveil electric Microbus camper at CES tech show
The Bulli, first seen in 2011, could provide inspiration for fresh concept
Classic Camper van will return with all-electric derivative to showcase VW’s vision for autonomous tech, safety along with connectivity
Volkswagen is usually planning to reveal an electric edition of its Microbus camper van concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month prior to an official announcement confirming the iconic van’s return to the German car maker’s line-up.
Described as a close preview to a planned production edition of the Microbus to be produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla factory in Mexico by 2017, the concept is usually set to showcase a newly developed electric drive system among additional contemporary connectivity technologies.
The zero local emission driveline, which relies on the Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology as used by the Audi R8 E-Tron along with Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept, is usually claimed to provide a range of between 400 along with 500km (250-310 miles) depending on the driving conditions.
The German company, which is usually seeking to rebuild its reputation inside the wake of the emissions scandal, will show off the vehicle during a keynote speech by Herbert Diess, head of passenger cars for Volkswagen, on the eve of CES.
In his address Diess will lay out Volkswagen’s vision for electric mobility along with sustainability.
The all-electric Microbuss is usually planned to be offered alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol along with diesel powerplants on the production Microbus, which senior Wolfsburg sources describe as being smaller than the latest Multivan.
Speaking at the fresh York show earlier This specific year, a Volkswagen spokesman revealed in which VW engineers along with designers were working on a fresh Camper van concept using a modest electric motor driving the front wheels along with battery packs stored under the floor.
The spokesman told Autocar in which the design of the original VW van was “so iconic” in which any attempt at a fresh type would likely have to have three “very important” design cues: “First the wide, solid, D-pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section along with, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance by the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.”
The key to achieving the unique front-end design is usually the fact in which an electric motor would likely allow a much lower ‘bonnet line’ than a conventional petrol engine. This specific, in turn, would likely allow the A-pillars to be placed much further forward than in a conventional MPV.
The news of VW’s fresh EV concept was confirmed by Gary Shapiro, president along with chief executive of the company which organises CES. He said the vehicle would likely be a “groundbreaking electric vehicle in which will further illustrate the synergy between the Internet of Things along with the automotive industry”.
Shapiro added: “We are pleased Volkswagen will use the CES stage to unveil a concept car displaying its latest developments in safe along with energy-efficient electric vehicles consistent with VW’s long history of innovation inside the driving experience.
“When we agreed to a Volkswagen keynote earlier This specific year we, along with the entire world, did not know much about emissions testing, although after talking with Dr Diess I felt the CES audience would likely be interested in his vision along with curious about his plans for a fresh type of sustainable car.
“at This specific point, VW has an opportunity at CES to show the entire world its designs for the future along with how the company views electric mobility along with sustainability.”
Diess’s keynote speech, which will take place on 5 January on the eve of CES’s opening, is usually likely to expand on comments he made last month about how Volkswagen was “repositioning itself for the future”.
“We are becoming more efficient, we are giving our product range along with our core technologies a fresh focus along with we are creating room for forward-looking technologies by speeding up the efficiency program.”
Diess also hinted in which “a fresh standard with regard to connectivity along with driver assistance systems is usually to be defined”, along with the item seems likely in which the CES show car will showcase autonomous driving technologies.
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