VW unveils all-electric minivan at CES after emissions scandal

January 7, 2016 • News

German auto giant Volkswagen is trying to clear its name and reputation after the global emissions scandal with a new all-electric minivan concept which was unveiled on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Image credit: VW website

Called Budd-e, the vehicle is based on the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), a platform developed to help maximise the space-efficient packaging possible for plug-in vehicles and accomodate larger batteries.

The zero-emissions, avant-garde van  – which is actually a modern interpretation of the first Volkswagen bus – has an electric range of a respectable 373 miles and it will only take 15 minutes to replenish 80 percent of its battery on a single charge.

Powered by front and rear motors on all four wheels, the Budd-e has a top speed of 93 miles per hour and can communicate seamlessly with a smart home or office.

Budd-e was unveiled by Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, Dr Herbert Diess, who said that “the BUDD-e is a realistic trend setter”.

“We are developing completely new and unique vehicle concepts – especially designed for long-distance electromobility,” said Dr Diess.

Volkswagen also presented the e-Golf Touch equiped with a state-of-the-art infotainment system.

“The e-Golf Touch reflects one of the key connectivity trends of the near future. Not only does the e-Golf Touch have innovative gesture control, it also features a further developed version of the Modular Infotainment Toolkit (MIB) with a 9.2-inch display. This touch display merges the operating worlds of smartphones and automobiles,” VW said.

“It will be part of our everyday lives and will change mobility completely. Volkswagen has a lot of ideas how to use these cutting edge technologies and bring them to our customers”, said Dr Diess.

For more detailed info, please go to

Related Posts

Comments are closed.

« »