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Vw unveiled today a thunderbolt at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, debuting the electric Volkswagen Bulli Concept, a post-modern and eco-friendly take on the original Volkswagen Microbus.

It follows on from the 2001 concept that came out of VW’s Californian studio (see sidebar) but has been styled by the VW Group’s design chief, Walter de’Silva, and VW brand design chief Klaus Bischoff.
Aside from the bench seats, two-tone paint and oversized badge, this concept has little in common with the Transporter that inspired it.

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According to Vw, this Microbus has a range of 186 miles on its 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The new Bulli measures 3.99 m in length, 1.75 m in width and 1.70 m in height.  In relation to its width it has a wide track (1.50 m front and rear), and very short overhangs at the front and back.  Its kerb weight is 1,450 kg.
This includes the weight of the energy source: a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is concealed in the sandwiched floor behind the sills and powers the Bulli’s electric motor.  This engine produces 85 kW (115 PS) of power and 260 Nm (192 lbs ft) of torque and the theoretical driving range is up to 300 km (186 miles).

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Inside, VW supplied the Bulli with a removable iPad that controls the stereo, navigation, bluetooth and HVAC from its port on the console.

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  • Randar

    Well, I have waited a long time for VW to make good on it's tease with the Microbus concept from 2001. I'm afraid this version misses the mark once again. This is nothing more than an urban taxi people mover. You can't put anything on top or anything else in the vehicle to take a road trip, go camping (as was the original design that started it all). Why spend so much money on the Routan (in the US) that did so poorly even a voiced over throwback beetle and Brooke Shields couldn't generate enough sales to sustain the thing, and now it's being recalled. Chrysler Town and Country platform, remember? Oh woe is me. Listen VW, If I wanted a vehicle like this I would have bought the 2008 Scion xB instead of waiting on this look-alike. I can applaud ipad integration, electric motor, but please reconsider the length for more cargo space, to accommodate sliding doors, another row of seats, and roof design to mount luggage. If this were a game of darts, you have totally missed the board. Is there any hope you will bring the TDI Tiguan here instead?