The German automaker is looking at eco-conscious models to cover the Dieselgate scandal shame and as recently as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it premiered a green model.
We’re talking here about the Budd-e concept, which is another modern rehash of the well known Microbus that has become an universal symbol for automotive flower power. Anyways the movement is pretty much extinct nowadays but the spiritual successor of the iconic minivan appears to finally be ready for prime time. That’s because a recent report has Volkswagen’s Head of Electrical and Electronic Development confirming the model’s production version will come to life in around four years time. During an interview, Volkmar Tanneberger commented “You will see a car that looks a lot like this, on the MEB platform, reach production.” He also hinted the production version would appear closer to around 2020 rather than the next couple of years.
The Budd-e concept, besides serving as a spiritual successor to the legendary minivan is also deeply rooted in the present – it’s the first model to be riding on the company’s new Modular Electric Platform (MEB). This one – like its regular brother the MQB – has been specifically tuned to allow a wide array of models, though this time we’re only talking about plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles and can swing between small and large battery packs and a wide ranging set of electric drive components. The Budd-e for instance has a large 101 kilowatt-watt hour battery pack and an electric motor driving each axle – that’s good for 93 mph and a range of up to 373 miles.
Via Car Magazine