Volkswagen Concept i-Van "Budd-E"

Volkswagen’s (VW) old Microbus is getting a major update and could be in a garage near you in around three years.The Volkswagen Budd-e concept has been revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, previewing an advanced new four-wheel-drive electrically powered MPV that's set to join the firm's production car line-up in 2018.

The company unveiled a futuristic battery-powered concept of the bus at the CES gadget show on Tuesday night called the BUDD-e. VW expects it to be able to go a staggering 373 miles on a single charge, far longer than electric vehicles today, due to a more efficient battery technology.All-electric Volkswagen concept car previews a future four-wheel-drive MPV that's set to appear in 2018

The Budd-e has Internet connections to smart home devices and can be charged to 80 percent of its battery capacity in about 15 minutes, VW says. Many charging stations for other electric vehicles now take hours to do the same thing. It also has gesture recognition technology to control the infotainment screen, and the doors can be controlled by voice commands.

VW didn’t say in its releases if the new Microbus will actually go into production, but said that the BUDD-e “demonstrates what electric mobility could be like by the year 2019.”
Volkswagen claims 0-60mph in 6.9sec and a top speed of 112mph.
Speaking at Volkswagen's keynote speech at CES, company boss Dr. Herbert Diess said: "The original Microbus was the embodiment of peace, hope and happiness, an apartment on wheels. The future belongs to cars that make everyone happy. We want to create a new experience of mobility."
VW says that, in the future, users will be able to save their custom dashboards and transfer them between vehicles.

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