Possible Electric 2018 VW Bus With 2017 Release Date
Despite being a German automaker, Volkswagen has long had a notable place in American culture, especially during the 1960s, when the VW Beetle and VW Bus had as strong an association with the 1960s counterculture movement as psychedelic music, tie dyed shirts and Vietnam War protests. While the new Volkswagen Beetle has made a successful comeback, VW Bus enthusiasts have only been able to get behind the wheel of classic models. However, that may change in a couple of years, for Volkswagen is rumored to shooting for a 2017 release date of a retro-inspired electric version on a yet-unnamed 2018 Bus.
While the 2018 VW Bus is expected to pay homage to the page with retro styling cues, such as the boxy design and short front overhang, it will quite advanced under the hood. A size smaller than the VW Transporter, the concept will usher in a new all-electric drivetrain that will power Volkswagen’s upcoming battery-powered models.
Volkswagen hasn’t released a full set of technical details, but the new Bus will allegedly be built using components borrowed from the Audi R8 e-tron and the Audi e-tron quattro concept that was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Bus will offer a maximum driving range of anywhere between 250 and 310 miles thanks to recent advances in lithium-ion battery technology.
Debut at Consumer Electronics Show
If the rumors of the new VW Bus turn out to be true, a close-to-production concept version will debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. The concept van will be toned down slightly and added to the Volkswagen lineup as a regular production model in time for the 2018 model year. It will be built alongside the Beetle and Golf in Puebla, Mexico, a factory that also produced the original Bus and the original Beetle.
For VW enthusiasts feeling nostalgic about the 1960s, this news about the new VW Bus is very exciting. And just like Bob Dylan at Newport Folk Festival, the old VW Bus is going electric too. If you’d like to read more news about Volkswagen models, be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog.