VOLKSWAGEN BUDD-E CONCEPT
Volkswagen has decided to play our heartstrings with a concept that harkens back to the VW Microbus. The Microbus is best known as a symbol of the peace movement through the '60s and '70s. Some of you may have fond memories of road trips in them, while some of you might have even been conceived in the back of one (sorry). I digress…
The concept is called the BUDD-e - like it's your buddy, but it's also electric. Get it? It houses a 101-kWh lithium-ion battery as a power source, which is supposed to generate enough juice for 233 miles of driving range on one full charge. Its two electric motors - one in the front and one in the back - make the van all-wheel drive.
BUDD-e is built on VW's MEB (Modularer Elektrischer Baukasten) platform system that will basically serve as the universal build platform for all VW's new electric vehicles. The proposed technology inside is the most exciting piece of the van, however. Everything is a screen. Even the mirrors have been deleted from the outside to become “e-mirrors” inside. This multitude of screens can stream music, display gauges, provide GPS and connect to your smartphone to adjust your thermostat at home, if you've got that set up. You can even turn on the voice control system by saying, “Hello, BUDD-e!” Some of us already say that to our cars anyway, right?