Volkswagen BUDD-e Named North American “2016 Concept Truck of the Year”

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 16

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept

The all-electric Volkswagen BUDD-e minibus concept was named the “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.

This long-range electric VW has not yet been fully confirmed for production, but we do believe VW will give it the nod at some point in the near future (goodness knows they have hinted enough at it).

According to the award’s press release:

“Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future.”

Dr. Hendrik Muth, Director of Product Marketing at Volkswagen, commented:

“We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and would like to thank the panel of judges for recognizing Volkswagen’s innovation. We are determined to lead the future of automotive design, and BUDD-e shows the capabilities of our all-new electric vehicle architecture and further advances connectivity and infotainment.”

VW BUDD-e

VW BUDD-e

In concept form, the BUDD-e sports a 101 kWh battery pack, which VW says provides up to 233 miles of real world, electric range.

If it was in production today, and even modestly priced, we know we’d pick up a copy.  Hopefully, someday the BUDD-e will become a reality.

Full press release below:

VOLKSWAGEN BUDD-e NAMED “2016 CONCEPT TRUCK OF THE YEAR” AT 15th ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN CONCEPT VEHICLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Volkswagen’s all-electric microbus concept is recognized for visionary design that addresses the mobility and utility needs of the 21st century

Herndon, VA (August 1, 2016) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen BUDD-e has been named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future. The award ceremony was held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 31, 2016.

“We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and would like to thank the panel of judges for recognizing Volkswagen’s innovation,” said Dr Hendrik Muth, Director of Product Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc., accepting the award. “We are determined to lead the future of automotive design, and BUDD-e shows the capabilities of our all-new electric vehicle architecture and further advances connectivity and infotainment.”

The first Volkswagen vehicle built using the company’s Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), the BUDD-e captures the brand’s heritage, while offering a glimpse into the company’s next-generation connectivity, infotainment and EV technologies. The BUDD-e concept’s highlights include:

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

A 101 kWh battery that gives a manufacturer estimated range of up to 233 miles.
Gesture control 2.0 that enables intuitive operation of interior and exterior features.
Seamless communications with smart home and smart car technology, and infotainment technologies that turn travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience.
More than two dozen jurors participated in the selection process of the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Twenty vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York, were judged.

The four award categories included: “Production Preview Vehicle,” “Concept Car,” “Concept Truck,” and “Most Significant Concept Vehicle.” The BUDD-e beat out three other finalists in the “Concept Truck” category, which assessed vehicles with the primary attributes of user-configurable cargo volume and weight capacity. “Most Significant Concept Vehicle” is chosen from among winners of the three other categories and is determined by the car with the highest total score.

For more details on the Concept Awards and the selection jury, please visit https://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen BUDD-e

About the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards

Founded in 2002, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those concept vehicles that have made the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. Professional automotive journalists from throughout North America, representing dozens of outlets in virtually every media segment serve as volunteer jurors to select the award winners. The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck, and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season. To be eligible for the awards, a concept vehicle must make its North American debut during the current model year’s auto show season.

These awards are unique in that they are judged by a diverse panel of automotive journalists from throughout North America, and considered in the specific context of the North American market. By extending the review to the whole package—design, style, materials, technology, market viability and market responsiveness —and concentrating the focus on the market that the jurors know best, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards provide truly valuable feedback to help shape the future of the automotive industry.

Notes:

This press release and images of BUDD-e are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews.

“Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.

Actual range will vary and depends on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use.

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16 responses to "Volkswagen BUDD-e Named North American “2016 Concept Truck of the Year”"

  1. Seth says:

    It’s a truck?!

    1. Trollnonymous says:

      +1
      lol, a truck??? WTF?

      A small 125cc ATV wouldn’t even fit in there.

  2. MDEV says:

    It’s real?

    1. Rich says:

      No, it’s not real. VW sets the bar for “vapor” in vaporware.

  3. Evprophet says:

    101 kwh —233 mi. ¿Why they don’t create a concrete wall in the front of the vehicle , so they can acomplish the 101kwh/mi proportion?

  4. Trollnonymous says:

    I wonder what the CD is for this. 😛

    1. Evprophet says:

      101! XD

  5. Evprophet says:

    The perfect name for it , is BRICKK-e.The perfect vehicle to move the air around you.

  6. Evprophet says:

    They put 101 kwh , like in the facial cream adverts “93% of women had proven that X cream works”.Because 101 kwh is more precise , so they want you to think that they got something , but they don’t.All they got is a fucking mock-up.

  7. Terawatt says:

    The most interesting aspect of these news is that a car that is clearly not a truck can be the truck of the year. (Changing “car” to “concept car” and “truck” to “concept truck” changes nothing.)

  8. GolfProFred says:

    Holy cow, I’ve been sleepless the last few weeks wondering what truck was going to be concept of the year!

  9. pjwood1 says:

    101 lol LOL. Can you hear VW’s kilo-laughing?

  10. TSLA500 says:

    Will it connect to the Tesla SuperCharger network?

  11. Leptoquark says:

    One feature I liked on the BUDD-e is that it has a 110V outlet in the rear compartment, which makes it a great option for emergency backup power, for the likes of a fridge. I would like to eventually see outlets as a standard option on EV’s.

    1. Anon says:

      You can get a cheap inverter and stick it into any 12v vehicle socket, to get 110 v AC now…

  12. Bill Howland says:

    Not that I’m against ‘progress’ (after all, it is THE largest BEV to be made – 1 kwh above the future 100 kwh model S), but I find the do-it-yourselfers who have put batteries into a VW microbus have made a far more appealing vehicle.

    I don’t like to knock BEV’s unjustifiably, but with VW I’ll make an exception since lately they and Robert Bosch have been so crooked with this emissions scandal – and real kids have been hurt, namely in London and Paris.

    This thing is way too small (too impractical), and, with features like the ‘stock broker’s dashboard’ =>> How are you supposed to look at all this crap when you are supposed to keep your eyes on the road? – that can check the temperature of your upper crust internet based refrigerator at home while driving 100 km/hour, is not on my ‘Must Have’ features list.

    VW deserves whatever happens to it.