The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show saw the revival of the Minibus in the form of the futuristic, super high-tech Volkswagen Budd-e Concept. The minibus is all-electric and the first vehicle based on the MEB (Modular Electric Toolkit) which is a revolutionary technological platform for plug-in vehicles.
Based on the iconic design of VW vans like Kombi, the Budd-e has a two-tone exterior in Nevada White with a Phoenix Copper roof. Exterior ambient lighting is provided by a narrow LED stripe around the car. The LED headlights incorporate the side indicators to provide a futuristic styling to the front. Coupled with the lack of door handles and wing mirrors, the Budd-e gives a whole different perspective to the future of VW design.
The MEB architecture allows for a roomy interior and high level of connectivity. The Budd-e is capable of seamless integration with home and office devices (wearables, smartphones, laptops etc.) Moreover, the MEB is especially tailored to high-performance EVs. The Budd-e’s 101 kWh battery powers two electric motors which connect to all four wheels giving it a top speed of 93 mph and a very impressive range of 373 miles.
The HMI system of the Budd-e includes a central navigation panel which integrates navigational graphics with infotainment content. All systems can be operated by gesture control, touchscreen or voice control based on the driver’s preference.