Electric Volkswagen Microbus With 250+ Miles Of Range Coming In 2017
This past March, at the New York Auto Show, we heard Volkswagen board member Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser state that VW was hard at work on a new take for its classic camper van.
And that the new concept Transporter Microbus would also return as an all-electric van.
Now, Autocar is saying that the all-electric Microbus is about “to be officially confirmed” at the Consumers Electronics Show this January in Las Vegas by VW chairman Martin Winterkorn.
Mr. Winterkorn will reportedly present a production-intent concept using design clues found in the earlier Bulli concept.
Adding further details to the news, the all-new Microbus will apparently benefit from LG Chem’s larger, 2nd generational battery pack program that is about to be found in the upcoming electric Audi R8 and the e-tron Quattro Concept. The Bulli is said to have a range of 400 and 500km (249-311 miles).
The van will also be offered in a four-cylinder gas and diesel variant – both of which are sure to be much more inexpensive. Volkswagen’s Puebla factory in Mexico is said to be responsible for production which begins in 2017.