Volkswagen BUDD e Concept bows at CES
Making its world debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, the Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept offers a preview of styling and technology VW will offer in its future electric-powered vehicles. Based on the automaker’s new Modular Electric Toolkit platform, this modern-day successor to the original Microbus features a sophisticated on-demand all-wheel drive system with a motor at each axle energized by a lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floor. By 2020, VW says similar packs will be able to deliver up to 233 miles of pure EV range on the U.S. EPA cycle. VW also noted the high-efficiency battery in the BUDD-e Concept can take on up to an 80-percent charge in just 15 minutes.
To complement its ultra-green powertrain, the BUDD-e Concept boasts a roomy, flexible cabin loaded with next-gen technology activated by a new and more user-friendly interface. Interactive displays and projections, an array of cameras and Gesture Control 2.0 allow the BUDD-e to intuitively respond to the desires of the driver and passengers with respect to various on-board functions and features. VW’s new people mover also will let passengers wirelessly interact with their homes and workplaces, effectively melding Smart Home and Smart Car technology. No word yet on just when we may see a production version of the BUDD-e Concept take to the streets.
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