PHOTO CAPTION: VW all-electric BUDD•e microbus concept.

VW Seeks Atonement with e-Microbus

Volkswagen's reputation has been shattered by its years of lying about its dirty diesels. Now its seeking to atone by rolling out an all-electric update of its famed microbus.

Published: 08-Jan-2016

It's only a concept at the moment, one of countless rolling mockups the industry rolls out every year hoping to create positive media buzz for a product that may never become a production vehicle. For Volkswagen's sake with its sales and reputation plummeting like Lucifer from heaven, they'd better think seriously about doing something with their new BUDD-e electric microbus. An update of their famed Type 2, which first saw production in 1950, the new concept is less 'bus' and more van in styling, it's outstretched hood providing more frontal crash zone safety than the old T2.

Specification-wise, the below-the-floorpan battery pack is rated at a substantial 92.4 kWh. It's front and rear axle electric motors effectively provide 225kW (301 hp) of all-wheel-drive. Top speed purportedly is 180 km/h (111 mph) and acceleration from zero to 100km/h is quite respectable 6.9 seconds. VW claims the range is up to 600 km (373 miles), but we'll have to wait and see. They claims ring a bit hollow anymore, though in fairness the number is based on their projections of where their engineers think battery technology will be by the end of the decade. Let's hope they're right. Recharge time is said to be to 80% state-of-charge (SOC) in 30-minutes. Here are some of the concept illustrations the company released to coincide with the CES 2016 debut this week.

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

VW BUDD-e electric microvan concept

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