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IN­NO­VA­TIVE and avant garde — that was the im­pres­sion cre­ated by the BUDD-e at re­cent CES (Con­sumer Elec­tronic Show) in Las Ve­gas. Straight af­ter, zero-emis­sion con­cept car un­veiled by Volk­swa­gen was hon­oured

US on­line mag­a­zines with two awards.

The edi­to­rial team of En­gad­get, one of the lead­ing Amer­i­can on­line tech­nol­ogy mag­a­zines, rated the BUDD-e this year’s “Best CES” in

best in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory. In a sum­mary fi­nal­ists, edi­to­rial team em­pha­sised in­creased fo­cus on range and fast charg­ing and re­garded this as highly in­no­va­tive. In ad­di­tion, the editor-in-chief of on­line guide SlashGear, which pre­dom­i­nantly rates smart­phones, cars, com­put­ers and dig­i­tal liv­ing, picked out the avant garde Volk­swa­gen mi­crobus as over­all win­ner.

With the world pre­miere of BUDD-e at CES, is pre­sent­ing next step into the mo­bile of fu­ture.

A new elec­tric drive sys­tem fa­cil­i­tates a range up to 533km. The all-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle’s to­tal out­put is 235kW and, by ar­rang­ing bat­tery in the ve­hi­cle floor, a to­tally new in­te­rior con­fig­u­ra­tion has been achieved.

At the same time, BUDD-e is the first Volk­swa­gen con­cept ve­hi­cle based on MED (mod­u­lar elec­tric drive) kit. Its gen­er­a­tion in­fo­tain­ment makes trav­el­ling an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ev­ery­thing hap­pens more in­tu­itively than ever, with touch and ges­ture con­trol merg­ing into each other seam­lessly. In­di­vid­ual dis­plays fuse to­gether to form large-for­mat in­fo­tain­ment pan­els even the in­ter­nal rear-view and ex­ter­nal wing mir­rors be­come dig­i­tal screens.

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