It's been a tough few years for the German auto manufacturer, Volkswagen. After it fudged the numbers on diesel emissions ratings on its vehicles, the company has struggled to rebuild trust with consumers. But, during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company shared a little secret that's been turning heads.
That little secret is that Volkswagen is bringing the Microbus back. Maybe. We hope. As of right now, the company is just teasing us with a really cool concept vehicle.
While the Volkswagen Microbus may not be a Ferrari or Lamborghini, it certainly comes with its own nostalgic charm. But you might be surprised by its brand new look, and by the fact that your favorite Volkswagen vehicle is now electric.
According to Dr. Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's Passenger Cars Chairman, the new microbus will be the first car to be built on a Modular Electric Platform (MEB), which was designed specifically for plug-in vehicles. This new platform is called BUDD-e, and has been designed to work with a wide range of body styles for future cars.
If everything goes according to plan, and BUDD-e becomes the new norm for Volkswagen's electrical cars, there are some major benefits that are sure to draw in consumers. These new cars could have a 101 kWh battery-powered drivetrain with a distance range of nearly 375 miles per charge. Plus, the battery could be recharged pretty quickly, reaching 80% within 15 minutes. Specs like these could transform how people think about electric cars, and their capabilities.