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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?

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