Volkswagen BUDD-e Electric Van Release Date and Features
VW Bus enthusiasts in North America have long awaited the return of the iconic van, and these dreams became reality when Volkswagen unveiled the BUDD-e Concept at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With an all-electric powertrain and innovative tech features, Volkswagen has brought the VW Bus into the 21st century. Read further for information on its features and targeted release date.
Volkswagen placed much emphasis on the BUDD-e Concept at CES 2016, but at the time the automaker hadn’t confirmed any production plans for the van. However, recent word out of Volkswagen is that a production version of the BUDD-e is in in the works, with a targeted production date by 2020.
Inspired by Iconic VW Bus
The BUDD-e Concept is inspired by the iconic VW Bus models of yesteryear, with a shorter hood and V-shaped design of the front end, while also offering a futuristic flare that provides an entirely new interpretation of the brand’s design DNA. The van’s silhouette is characterized by a flat and elongated roof line, long windows with glazed A-pillars, 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and light modules that start at the front and reach around the vehicle’s flanks. Practical, clean, innovative, powerful and appealing, the concept has a two-tone color scheme, with its body painted in “Nevada White” below the window edge, and the roof in “Phoenix Copper.”
The BUDD-e Concept comes with Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), which is designed to have the space for electric drive components and large batteries while maintaining interior space and driving dynamics. It features a drivetrain architecture that is specifically tailored for the integration of compact electric motors and high-performance, highly-efficient batteries. The 101 kWh battery is flat, to save space, and integrated into almost the entire vehicle floor. It powers two electric motors, one to drive each axle. The front and rear motors power all four wheels and enable a top speed of 93 mph. The total range of up to 373 miles is achieved on a full charge, putting the BUDD-e on a level playing field with today’s gasoline-powered cars.
Human Machine Interface
The highlight of the BUDD-e Concept’s interior is the completely new and innovative human-machine interface—the instrumentation and operating concept of the future. It eliminates the traditional distinction between the electronic instrument cluster in front of the driver and the center console infotainment system. In a move towards comprehensive digitalization and the individualization of the driver’s workplace, these two areas have been merged to form a single information hub.