Volkswagen BUDD-e “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” Award
First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Volkswagen BUDD-e concept van possesses design elements of the classic VW Bus, an all-electric powertrain and innovative technology features. The BUDD-e just received the award for “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.
Selection Process for BUDD-e and “2016 Concept Truck of the Year”
The selection process for the “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” award included more than two dozen jurors. Twenty vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York, were judged. The four award categories included: “Production Preview Vehicle,” “Concept Car,” “Concept Truck” and “Most Significant Concept Vehicle.”
The BUDD-e beat out three other finalists in the “Concept Truck” category, which assessed vehicles with the primary attributes of user-configurable cargo volume and weight capacity. Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future.
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Features of Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept
The Volkswagen BUDD-e captures the brand’s heritage of the classic VW Bus models of yesteryear, while offering a glimpse into the company’s next-generation connectivity, infotainment and electric vehicle technologies. The BUDD-e concept’s highlights include:
- A 101 kWh battery that gives a manufacturer estimated range of up to 233 miles.
- Gesture control 2.0 that enables intuitive operation of interior and exterior features.
- Seamless communications with smart home and smart car technology, and infotainment technologies that turn travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience.