Early in January 2016, Volkswagen debuted the all-electric “BUDD-e” minibus concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). And while many of the features inside the BUDD-e are indeed futuristic, the concept’s modular toolkit featuring a flat battery is something VW has officially greenlit for production. Read on for more information about the Volkswagen BUDD-e release date!
Volkswagen BUDD-e powertrain
The BUDD-e concept featured at CES is built on Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) — the construction and technology that all future VW electric models will be built on. BUDD-e is a play on “Bulli,” which was the original VW Microbus in Germany, but BUDD-e’s powertrain couldn’t be more different from its namesake’s. BUDD-e features two electric motors, one on each end of the minibus. Together, they can get the BUDD-e to a top speed of 93 mph. A 101-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery gives the concept 373 miles of range. The BUDD-e concept also features wireless charging capabilities.
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While the production vehicles utilizing VW’s MEB in the US won’t be able to match the BUDD-e concept’s numbers, the advantage of these future production vehicles will be in their flat battery packs, freeing up interior space — battery size being problem that has plagued electric vehicles for years.
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Volkswagen BUDD-e release date
While we don’t have an exact date on the release of a future production BUDD-e vehicle, we do know that Volkswagen has greenlighted the MEB and that the first production vehicle that will feature it will have a microbus design, similar to the concept we saw at CES. VW says the future microbus will be in production sometime before the end of the decade.
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