VW Microbus to go electric at CES tech show – completely new preview image
This particular latest preview image hints at the concept’s name
Classic Camper van will return with all-electric derivative to showcase VW’s vision for autonomous tech, safety as well as also connectivity
Volkswagen has provided a close preview of its completely new electric concept car, which is usually scheduled to make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas This particular week. While only part of the auto’s full badging can be seen in This particular latest teaser image, the Budd.e name has been mooted as being chosen for the concept.
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 various other contemporary connectivity technologies. The previous Microbus concept, revealed in 2011, was called Bulli.
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 as well as also Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept, is usually claimed to provide a range of between 400 as well as also 500km (250-310 miles) depending on the driving conditions.
A completely new preview video has also been released.
The German the, which is usually seeking to rebuild its reputation inside wake of the emissions scandal, will show off the auto 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 as well as also sustainability.
The all-electric Microbus is usually planned to be offered alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol as well as also diesel powerplants on the production Microbus, which senior Wolfsburg sources describe as being smaller than the latest Multivan.
Speaking at the completely new York show earlier This particular year, a Volkswagen spokesman revealed in which VW engineers as well as also designers were working on a completely new Camper van concept using a smaller electric motor driving the front wheels as well as also 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 completely new type might have to have three “very important” design cues: “First the wide, solid, D-pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section as well as also, 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 might allow a much lower ‘bonnet line’ than a conventional petrol engine. This particular, in turn, might allow the A-pillars to be placed much further forward than in a conventional MPV.
The news of VW’s completely new EV concept was confirmed by Gary Shapiro, president as well as also chief executive of the company which organises CES. He said the auto might be a “groundbreaking electric vehicle in which will further illustrate the synergy between the Internet of Things as well as also 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 as well as also energy-efficient electric vehicles consistent with VW’s long history of innovation inside driving experience.
“When we agreed to a Volkswagen keynote earlier This particular year we, along with the planet, did not know much about emissions testing, nevertheless after talking with Dr Diess I felt the CES audience might be interested in his vision as well as also curious about his plans for a completely new type of sustainable car.
“at This particular point, VW has an opportunity at CES to show the planet its designs for the future as well as also how the company views electric mobility as well as also 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 in November about how Volkswagen was “repositioning itself for the future”.
“We are becoming more efficient, we are giving our product range as well as also our core technologies a completely new focus as well as also we are creating room for forward-looking technologies by speeding up the efficiency program.”
Diess also hinted in which “a completely new standard with regard to connectivity as well as also driver assistance systems is usually to be defined”, as well as also in which seems likely in which the CES show car will showcase autonomous driving technologies. In a statement, Volkswagen said the concept will: “illustrate the major modifications in which the auto is usually set to go through inside next few years.
“First as well as also foremost the planet premiere marks the beginning of a completely new era of affordable long-distance electromobility. Over as well as also above This particular, innovative features will demonstrate the benefits to the customer in which Volkswagen will be able to deliver inside near future thanks to the increasing interconnectedness of the motor car.”
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