Volkswagen BUDD-e Microbus With 101 kWh Battery Revealed At CES

JAN 6 2016 BY JAY COLE 50

The Volkswagen BUDD-e Hits The Stage At CES 2015 In Las Vegas (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The Volkswagen BUDD-e Hits The Stage At CES 2015 In Las Vegas (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

From CES 2016 Volkswagen has revealed its all-electric BUDD-e Concept micobus.

VW BUDD-e Features A 101 kWh Battery

VW BUDD-e Features A 101 kWh Battery

Ready to shake its diesel roots, VW says its latest concept vehicle is good for 373 miles of electric driving (Euro/NEDC rating) via a massive 101 kWh battery powering two electric motors, one to drive each axle.

Thankfully we don’t have to do “real world-to-NEDC” math, as during the live presentation a range of 233 miles was thrown about.

And while even a casual glance of the BUDD-e says “I won’t be headed to production”, VW says this shows off the company’s new MEB electric platform, and offers a look into the infotainment future from the German automaker.

How far into the future?  VW says the tech found inside the BUDD-e could arrive by 2019, although VW Chairman Herbet Diess from the stage at CES mostly gave the impression that the BUDD-e itself will not.


VW BUDD-e Shows Off Some New Interior Tech That Could Arrive By 2019...When Apparently Air Bags Are no Longer Needed

VW BUDD-e Shows Off Some New Interior Tech That Could Arrive By 2019…When Apparently Air Bags Are no Longer Needed

VW BUDD-e First On New MEB Platform

VW BUDD-e First On New MEB Platform

More on the details on the infotainment wizardry can be found below in VW’s (lengthy)full press notes, because we really want to focus first on the “meat-and-potatoes” of what is inside the electric microbus that we will be seeing in the VW Group’s (VW, Porsche, Audi) all-electric future.

“Volkswagen’s new MEB platform will enable a series production car to have pure electric range that is on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars by the end of the decade.”

MEB stands for Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), which VW says will offer a “fundamental change in electric cars and ushers in a revolution in automotive technology, leaving today’s fossil-fuel powered internal combustion engines and drivetrains in the past”.  

VW BUDD-e On Display At CES (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

VW BUDD-e On Display At CES (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

VW BUDD-e Concept Gets Artsy

VW BUDD-e Concept Gets Artsy

Another Look Inside The BUDD-e

Another Look Inside The BUDD-e

One can tell VW is anxious talk all things future rather than past at CES this year.

“The new platform is designed to have the space for electric drive components and large batteries while maintaining interior space and driving dynamics. MEB will allow for spacious interiors with the smallest possible footprint to enable easy and nimble transportation. “

Like we saw with the Mission-E from Porsche, the BUDD-e features the same uber-charging abilities, with VW saying the 100+ kWh pack can be charged to 80% in about 15 minutes.

And Now For Something Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different

Ode To The Past

Ode To The Past

Other features of interest on the BUDD-e Concept:

*- 21″ wheels
*- Gesture control 2.0 (+ 3D navigation map with graphics)
*- innovative storage (in all the places you wouldn’t expect)
*- 81″ L x  76.3i x 72.2″ – which would fit between VW’s current Touran and the Multivan T6
*- LED everything, even the VW emblem (this is a concept after all)
*- 13.3-inch curved display

VW BUDD-e Concept AT CES 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

VW BUDD-e Concept AT CES 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BUDD-e Concept Interior Features To Show Up In Future VW Electrified Products (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BUDD-e Concept Interior Features To Show Up In Future VW Electrified Products (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Full VW Press/Spec Blast below – buckle up, it’s a long one:


Jan 5, 2016

VW BUDD-e From CES 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

VW BUDD-e From CES 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

New Concept showcases new MEB electric platform and offers a glimpse of next-generation connectivity and infotainment concepts

  • First VW based on the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB)
  • Features 101 kWh battery that enables up to 373** miles of pure electric range
  • New interfaces signal next-generation display and ergonomic concepts
  • BUDD-e becomes integral part in the Internet of Things and links Smart Home and Smart Car technology
  • Gesture control 2.0 enables intuitive operation of interior and exterior features
  • Bold design captures brand’s heritage while providing a hint at future design direction
Lets Go For A Drive...A Really Long One

Lets Go For A Drive…A Really Long One

Las Vegas, January 2016 —Building on the momentum from the brand’s first appearance in 2015, Volkswagen is opening a new gateway to the future at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The time machine in this case is a zero-emissions, avant-garde van dubbed BUDD-e. This is the first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) that is designed specifically for plug-in vehicles. With a range of up to 373 miles coupled with a charismatic, iconic design, this vehicle successfully incorporates Volkswagen’s heritage while providing a glimpse into the brand’s future.

Completely and thoroughly networked, BUDD-e is a mobile interface which connects the vehicle with the world around it. With the BUDD-e Volkswagen has developed a vehicle that is more thoroughly connected with its surroundings than any car before it. An integral automotive component in the Internet of Things (IoT), BUDD-e is capable of seamlessly communicating with your Smart Home or office.

VW BUDD-E Concept Communicating

VW BUDD-E Concept Communicating

Featuring next-generation infotainment technologies and offering an advanced new method of operation and information processing, BUDD-e turns travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience. Utilizing the latest in user interface innovation, touch and gesture control merge seamlessly and result in the removal of switches and buttons inside the cabin, individual displays that blend into large infotainment panels, and digital screens instead of analog mirrors. The convergence of these new, interactive infotainment and operating systems provides a view of potential applications in Volkswagen products in the next decade.

MEB: The new architecture for Volkswagen’s electric vehicles

BUDD-E/MEB Cutaway

BUDD-E/MEB Cutaway

With BUDD-e, Volkswagen demonstrates what electric mobility could be like by the year 2019. Volkswagen’s new MEB platform will enable a series production car to have pure electric range that is on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars by the end of the decade. The time required to charge the batteries to 80 percent of capacity is anticipated to be reduced to about 15 minutes by then, marking an operational breakthrough for EVs.

BUDD-e is the first concept car developed by the Volkswagen Group that is underpinned by the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB). This architecture heralds a fundamental change in electric cars and ushers in a revolution in automotive technology, leaving today’s fossil-fuel powered internal combustion engines and drivetrains in the past. This significant innovation will lead to huge changes in the development of electric-powered Volkswagens in the years to come, from body and interior design, to packaging and drive characteristics.

Lots Of Room Inside The BUDD-e Concept

Lots Of Room Inside The BUDD-e Concept

The new platform is designed to have the space for electric drive components and large batteries while maintaining interior space and driving dynamics. MEB will allow for spacious interiors with the smallest possible footprint to enable easy and nimble transportation. In addition to their space, MEB vehicles will offer high levels of functionality and networking thanks to the new vehicle architecture, instrumentation, and operating systems. New and enhanced assistance systems will provide passengers with safer transport.

Dynamic performance is, and will remain, a key part of Volkswagen’s DNA, and MEB vehicles will be no exception. With a focus on optimal balance, future VW vehicles based off the platform will offer the kind of agility, strong acceleration and handling that VW customers have come to expect. New battery and electric drive componentry will enable inexpensive access to e-mobility: a much longer purely electric range will allow these vehicles to become the primary transportation in many consumers’ households.

VW BUDD-e Being Hip With All-Purpose Outlet In The Rear...for your electric guitar

VW BUDD-e Being Hip With All-Purpose Outlet In The Rear…for your electric guitar

The new MEB delivers a drivetrain architecture that is specifically tailored for the integration of compact electric motors and high-performance, highly-efficient batteries. The 101 kWh battery is flat, to save space, and integrated into almost the entire vehicle floor. It powers two electric motors, one to drive each axle.

The front and rear motors power all four wheels and enable a top speed of 93 mph. The total range of up to 373 miles is achieved on a full charge, putting the BUDD-e on a level playing field with today’s gasoline-powered cars. Like today’s electric vehicles, the BUDDE-e offers several levels of plugged-in charging with the added benefit of cordless inductive charging.

Another benefit of the new MEB is entirely new packaging opportunities, highlighted throughout the BUDD-e concept. One significant enhancement is illustrated by the arrangement of the heating and air conditioning unit. For instance, the innovative new heating and air conditioning unit has been completely integrated in the front end of the car which allows for significantly more available space, improves air quality (thanks to larger and more robust filters), and results in a reduction of fan noise inside the cabin for excellent acoustics.

Sized Just Above The Touren

Sized Just Above The Touran

The concept van is 181 inches long, 76.3 inches wide and 72.2 inches high, placing it between two very successful Volkswagen models sold in Europe, the Touran and the Multivan T6. Due to its generous width, relatively long wheelbase (124.1 inches), and very short overhangs (27 inches at the front and 28.9 inches and the rear), the BUDD-e’s proportions are very appealing.

Exterior design

BUDD-e In "Nevada White" Because...Hey, It's In Las Vegas!

BUDD-e In “Nevada White” Because…Hey, It’s In Las Vegas!

Inspired by the iconic charm of classic Volkswagen vans, the BUDD-e’s design focuses on the aesthetics of functionality. Practical, clean, innovative, powerful and appealing, the concept has a two-tone color scheme, with its body painted in “Nevada White” below the window edge, and the roof in “Phoenix Copper.”

The front end design of the BUDD-e is unmistakably Volkswagen. The area around the VW logo can be backlit by integrated LED modules in a number of different ways, creating an external ambient light that tapers towards the sides, and a narrow stripe that continues all the way around the van. The main headlights, which also use LED technology, are placed high up, while transparent surfaces to the left and right of the headlights house integrated LED indicators that carry into the vehicle’s silhouette. Viewed from the front, the V-shaped design of these styling cues resemble elements from the original Volkswagen Microbus and Beetle, with a futuristic flare that provides an entirely new interpretation of the brand’s design DNA.

VW BUDD-e Interior - A Different Look

VW BUDD-e Interior – A Different Look

The van’s silhouette is characterized by a flat and elongated roof line, long windows with glazed A-pillars, 21-inch aluminium-alloy wheels, and light modules that start at the front and reach around the vehicle’s flanks. A narrow LED stripe, which runs all the way round the car, acts as a character line and delivers exterior ambient lighting. The silhouette comes across as especially clean, thanks to an absence of door handles and wing mirrors, as these components have been completely redesigned and replaced by electronic solutions. Flared D-pillars, which also contain the LED strip for the rear lights, accentuate the design further.

At the rear, the BUDD-e’s aerodynamic design promotes airflow through the gloss black D-pillars, reducing aerodynamic drag and simultaneously optimizing rear downforce. Its clean and iconic design continues all the way to the rear, with a large tailgate, reminiscent of the original Volkswagen bus. LED taillight strips reach up into the D-pillars, and the circumferential ambient light give BUDD-e a unique design unlike anything on the road. Last but not least, a C-shaped LED signature surrounds the extractable Drop Box.

First Gen Chevrolet Volt Users Are Familiar With Controls Like This - Haptic

First Gen Chevrolet Volt Users Are Familiar With Controls Like This – Haptic

Next generation human-machine interface
The interior style of the BUDD-e is characterized by a completely new and innovative human-machine interface—the instrumentation and operating concept of the future. The design is extremely clean and intuitive to use. The technical architecture of the infotainment and control systems, as well as their design, make a quantum leap akin to the jump from flip phones to smartphones or from analog timepieces to smart watches.

With BUDD-e’s interface design, Volkswagen eliminates the traditional distinction between the electronic instrument cluster in front of the driver and the center console infotainment system. In a move towards comprehensive digitalization and the individualization of the driver’s workplace, these two areas have been merged to form a single information hub.

Time To Get

Something Quasi-Futuristic Is happening Here

The idea behind the navigation panel is rooted in the car’s original function: driving. Behind the panel resides a sliding 3D navigation map with graphics, which becomes the matrix of an interactive human-machine interface (HMI). This is accomplished via two physically separate displays that blend into one, both optically and functionally.

The first component, Active Info Display, is a freely programmable instrument cluster located in front of the driver; the second is a head unit which was once a separate screen for the infotainment system. Active Info Display captures the conceptual focus on drive information, while the head unit caters to the infotainment needs of all passengers on board. Both of these areas form a united visual and textual environment, as the navigation graphics and the arrangement of media content such as the display of Points of Interest (POI), playlists, apps (App-Connect) and online services (Car-Net) are freely configurable. In addition, the main points and content can also be swapped between the Active Info Display and the head unit.

All of BUDD-e’s systems are operated intuitively by gesture control, touchscreen (displays and touch slider) or voice control. The driver can choose between various intuitive control modes (multi-modal interaction). For example, a simple “Hello BUDD-e” activates the vehicle’s voice control. The system also offers completely natural speech interaction. For example, if the driver asks “turn the heat up a bit, please”, the car will respond immediately and appropriately. The system is also able to locate the passenger giving the commands, and react accordingly. If, for instance, someone sitting in the left rear seat says “It’s too hot here”, BUDD-e can immediately lower the temperature in that passenger’s zone.

The BUDD-e’s freely programmable instrument cluster is an evolution of the Active Info Display first introduced by Volkswagen in 2015. A 12.3-inch curved display with a surface consisting of three individually configurable sections is centrally positioned, right in front of the driver.

VW BUDD-e's Classic Microbus

VW BUDD-e’s Classic Microbus Entry?  Not So Much

Drive, control, consume. In Section I, “Drive”, the center of the Active Info Display, the current travel route is highlighted through a 3D map including buildings and points of interest (POI) as well as navigation instructions. The edges of the navigation image are simultaneously the background of the entire display. In Section II, “Control”, vehicle status and assistance system information is displayed, as well as the current trip data from the on-board computer, left of the Active Info Display.

In Section III, “Consume”, infotainment content such as “Audio”, “Messages”, “Calendar” and “Weather” are displayed on the right. This layout, designed to concentrate on the route and primarily for driver use, is “Driving mode”. Alternatively, as previously outlined, there is a “Travel mode”, in which the details of the route are displayed on the head unit instead, allowing route guidance and planning by the passengers. The fuel consumption data (left), speed indicator (middle) and information on the energy reserves and range (right) are always displayed in a constant position at the bottom section of the display.

12.3" Inches Of Dash Readout

13.3″ Inches Of Dash Readout

The head unit, the part of the new HMI easily seen and used by front-and rear-seat passengers, is located in the middle of the dashboard. Its 13.3-inch display is linked to the Active Info Display, both graphically and via software. The head unit displays the extended 3D navigation map (including buildings) as a default setting. The top level of its surface consists of freely assignable tiles that are available in two different sizes. Up to eight tiles in total can be arranged next to each other. Through this, passengers can display “Trip data“, “Audio” (playlist/song/cover) or “Messages” in “Driving mode.” “Travel mode” puts the emphasis on graphical representations of travel content. A Home button in the middle of the head unit takes the user straight out of each menu, back to the top level menu.

Similar to smartphones, a menu tab is integrated at the top of the screen. Opening this menu permits quick and easy access to key functions and menu items. These include vehicle functions such as opening and closing the hatch or sliding door, and menu items like “Music”, “Places”, “Images”, “Phone”, “Connected Home”, and “Videos.” Information on basic functions such as climate control and seat heating is also shown at the bottom of the display, where the all-important button for switching between different modes also resides. An “inbox“ sited to the right of the display can be used to send passenger content to the head unit. The head unit is fitted with proximity sensors that detect an approaching hand and smoothly switch its screen from display to operating mode, allowing users to scroll through audio playlists and other functionality.

So Many Darn Words In This Press Release - Hope We Don't Run Out Of Pictures To Keep You Entertained

So Many Darn Words In This Press Release – Hope We Don’t Run Out Of Pictures To Keep You Entertained

Drivers can also toggle from “Driving mode” to “Travel mode” at any given moment. The Active Info Display will continue to focus on specific navigation information, while the representation of the current route is moved to the right onto the head unit, allowing it to correspond to points of interest, which are now shown in greater detail. This functionality makes it easier and more straightforward for anyone on board to locate POIs. Meanwhile, the default displays on the Active Info Display continue to provide the driver with the most important information for the journey. Switching between modes can be done by gesture control, using the Home button, or through the redesigned multifunction steering wheel.

e-Mirror. This feature integrates the displays of the digital wing mirrors (e-Mirror). Images come from two external cameras, which feed into multifunction displays. When stationary, the driver and front-seat passenger can also use these panels to open and close the electric doors. The display on the driver’s side is 7.9 inches in size and the front-seat passenger has a 5.9-inch screen.

BUDD-e Multi-Function Steering Wheel And Dash Configuration

BUDD-e Multi-Function Steering Wheel 3.0 And Dash Configuration

Multifunction steering wheel 3.0. Volkswagen’s new multifunction steering wheel is completely switchless, operating via haptic feedback on its smooth surfaces. Individual functions are activated by pressure, or through a swipe gesture. Touching the surface gives the driver palpable haptic “pre-sensing” feedback, allowing them to localize the function. Upon activation of a function, there is another, stronger haptic reaction, making operation more intuitive than present day solutions.

Operation is also no longer limited to the shift paddle, but extends over the entire surface of the operating stack. Raised patterns on the buttons make it easy to find one’s way around the wheel. The driver is also given visual feedback on the selected functions by the Active Info Display. For example, the cover of the song that is currently being played is displayed in the appropriate window. At the same time, icons appear at the edges of the square window—in all four corners. These four icons (scroll up or down, sound and menu) directly match the corresponding directions of the switches on the steering wheel’s operating area, making even the most complex operating sequences simple and intuitive.

Functions such as volume control or zooming into the navigation display can alternatively be controlled through a new touch slider. This is a further enhancement of the system presented at CES in 2015 in the Golf R Touch concept. This new stage of development is characterized by higher sensor resolution, clearly noticeable for driver and front-seat passenger alike, due to the system’s optimized precision and performance. This enables the touch slider to recognize not only the number of fingers on the slider, but their motion as well.

Yes, Here Is Another Picture Of The BUDD-e!

Yes, Here Is Another Picture Of The BUDD-e!

Gesture control 2.0. Volkswagen has significantly enhanced the gesture control system presented in the Golf R Touch at CES in 2015. In the BUDD-e, experts from the Body Electronics division have incorporated sensor technology already capable of recognizing people as they are approaching the vehicle. For the exterior, this is accomplished through the use of infra-red sensors. An intuitive hand gesture opens the BUDD-e’s sliding door. A simple foot movement of the “Virtual Pedal 3.0” opens the electrically operated tailgate, marking a further development of the “Easy Open” function. The gesture control system inside the BUDD-e’s interior is more intuitive than ever before, with the maximum operating distance having been significantly increased. Cameras are used to register if a passenger in the rear compartment wants to open the sliding door, for instance. Interactive displays and projections also assist the driver and passengers during operation. Gestures are recognized without the gesture control system needing to be explicitly activated—as was the case in the Golf R Touch—making it an integral part of operating procedures.

Look Here Is A Live Shot Of The BUDD-e We Took From The Floor! (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Look Here Is A Live Shot Of The BUDD-e We Took From The Floor! (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Personalized light. Volkswagen has demonstrated how the dominant color of the display illumination and matching ambient lighting can be individually adapted using the touch slider in the Golf R Touch concept. Now, this functionality also includes opening/start-up and parking/closing of the new BUDD-e. When the car is opened, cockpit and ambient lighting bring the interior to life: when parked, standby mode is initiated. The ambient lighting system implemented in the BUDD-e is a further development of this system. While the previous application was primarily influenced by the driver and the front-seat passenger, controls now extend to the entire interior of the car. It is the first car in which ambient lighting interacts with the gesture control system, and can also be adjusted to suit the surrounding environment.

Son-of-a...Tighten Up The Press Release VW, The Next Picture Might Be Of The Ground At CES Or Something

Son-of-a…Tighten Up The Press Release VW, The Next Picture Might Be Of The Ground At CES Or Something

A car for the Internet of Things

Not only does the BUDD-e’s completely new infotainment concept make travelling more interactive and media more tangible, it also creates a link between the car and the outside world. With BUDD-e, passengers will be able to access their homes and workplaces to perform tasks such as controlling the air conditioning, turning lights on or off, or simply looking to see if their kids are home yet.

BUDD-e will not only provide a connection to an interconnected world, but create an interactive interface to its surroundings. It is conceivable that in the near future, consumables—such as windshield wiper blades—or other kinds of personal items could not only be ordered from the car, but also delivered to it using a “Drop Box”  that is accessible from the outside. The vehicle “reads” an access code to open the Drop Box for authorized parcel delivery services, using a digital key, essentially making the vehicle a mobile mailbox.

At home on the road. Most modern day smart home functions are controlled using smartphone apps, produced by various manufacturers. Volkswagen has found a solution that allows users to access smart home functions while remaining focused on the road ahead. With App-Connect—Volkswagen’s advanced smartphone integration platform—the BUDD-e makes it possible to control certain “Connected Home” functions from the car, while driving. In cooperation with Korean electronics firm LG, Volkswagen will show how it is possible to obtain information about a smart fridge from the BUDD-e. It’s also possible to put the whole house into an energy-saving sleep mode while still in the vehicle. In the future, the BUDD-e will also automatically turn on lights in and around the house as soon as it approaches through home net automation.

Here Is Something Or Other About Smart Apps/Home Functions, Or DoorBird?

Here Is Something Or Other About Smart Apps/Home Functions, Or DoorBird?  Am I Watching Myself Get A Package From My Car?  Why Am I doing This?

At CES, Volkswagen will demonstrate, together with the German manufacturer Doorbird, how MirrorLink™ can be used in connection with the newly developed Home-Net Viewer. The interface can display images from cameras mounted in and around the house on one of the car’s multiple screens (a function equally conceivable with future Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ applications). If a visitor rings the doorbell at home, a picture of them, taken by the home camera, is sent to the screen of the infotainment system. The functionality even makes it possible to speak to the visitor using the car’s hands-free kit and, if desired, open the door for them.

Last Live Shot We Have In Our Pocket Still ... Who Knew We'd Need So Many? (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Last Live Shot We Have In Our Pocket Still … Who Knew We’d Need So Many? (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Don’t forget anything. BUDD-e can remind its occupants if they have forgotten anything in the car, via their smart watch and/or smartphone. You can also find things in the car using “Home-Net don’t forget”. Through an inventory list, the driver or passengers can see everything that has been put in the car, and if they are still there. The intelligent “Reminder” also informs when particular items should be remembered. For example, if rain is forecast, BUDD-e will notify the driver if there is an umbrella in the car. Relevant items are fitted with a transmitter (a small sticker) in advance, making it possible for the car to locate them. The “Home-Net don’t forget” app uses an encrypted wireless interface, meaning that it is impossible for the items to be located from outside the car, or by unauthorized users.

This Picture Of The BUDD-e Is Here Because It Is The Only One We HAven't Used Yet And We Are Right At The End Of One Of VW's Famously Long Press Releases...Enjoy!

This Picture Of The BUDD-e Is Here Because It Is The Only One We Haven’t Used Yet And We Are Right At The End Of One Of VW’s Famously Long Press Releases…Enjoy!

Smart Gesture. Volkswagen plans to become one of the first manufacturers to integrate gesture control into affordable, mass production cars. BUDD-e demonstrates a broad range of what is possible in the future. Functionality will include in-car control functions which operate certain things at home. A good example of this is the familiar “Easy Open” function, where the BUDD-e can use a laser to project a virtual footprint in front of its hatch. If an authorized user kicks this position, the hatch opens automatically. Opening the door at home will work in the same manner: BUDD-e will project a footprint in front of the door and if the person who lives there puts their foot on it, the door opens—which is very handy if you have your arms full with groceries or children.

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**373 miles of range is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)

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50 Comments on "Volkswagen BUDD-e Microbus With 101 kWh Battery Revealed At CES"

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Stop making bricks into EVs!


Sure, but don’t forget that customers want a variety of styling to choose from. EVs generally suffer in that department. I have no problem with the looks. They’re refreshing actually. Except for the driver-centric infotainment layout. Am I not supposed to be driving here?…

Tesla managed to make an SUV pretty aerodynamic.

It doesn’t look like VW is even trying. That back end creates a big vacuum.

Aerodynamics gives you more range (or cheaper price due to less batteries) for free.

Aerodynamics don’t matter in city driving.

And that ‘brick’ has rounded corners, which do wonders for the Cd. It’s probably not as bad as you think.

It’s no A7. If a Ludicrous Tesla can match the fancier RS7 to 100mph, on <=90kwh, than how big is the cork in this 101kwh bottle?

VW de-contented some its latest cars with plastic seats and drum brakes. So, now they have to figure out how to supply the range, but not the power.

More gas = more range.
More battery = more power.

LOL, you don’t have to worry about VW producing this EV brick or any other EV for that matter. The e-Golf is still a compliance car. VW Budd-e is supposedly a 2019 car. I’m not sure what others call this, but IMO this is nothing less than total B.S.

Ehn, looks pretty good for a concept, but I don’t think any of it will make it to a real car.

That dash doesn’t look to comfortable if your head meets it. Nevermind, it’s a concept, it needs look slick, and it does.

Touch sensitive controls? I wear nice gloves in the car, give me a button or something resistive.

Good to see that they finally dropped their one MQB platform to fit all things and made a seperate platform for electrics that have more then 20-30 kWh of battery which the world expects a car to have by 2017. It just didn’t make sense.


With all that glass up front between wind-screen and that infotainment screen, wonder where they will hide the airbags. Also concerned with the amount of glass that could fly around in the case of an accident.

Ah, yet another concept car to feed the VW EV press release machine.

Maybe there will be a production car based on this MEB architecture by 2019. Hmmm. I think I’ll wait for that and not buy any other EV in the meantime. NOT.

VW is so amazing, this concept that won’t be built will be my next VW for sure. I’m in love with my new budde.

So AGREED. What is it with German ICE Co. that proclaim “We will produce an EV with a Gillion mile range and 500kWh battery….but it’l be produced in 5yrs…” Don’t they know this reeks of vaporware?

So volkswagen did the same as Faraday future. Presented some kind of platform which looks cool and logical, but show just a concept car that’s never going to get made… Also the time line takes forever. In 2018 we’ll have longe range BEVs? What about infrastructure? Etc…

It looks like this could seat eight, or maybe six comfortably, though the concept only has four or five seats. Just like the Bolt, the concept removes seats to show more space.

Faraday Future could learn from this how to show something people want.

101 kWh is good, but the rest …..

Agree, will give this car a miss.

Interesting concept.

Realistically, we should probably expect a production version of this vehicle to have more like 200 miles of range, and to be front wheel drive with a subset of the high tech features. Otherwise it would be in Tesla Model S price levels.

Even with lowered expectations, it could appeal to folks who like vans. And getting more EV vehicles into more niche automotive sectors is something that must happen for EV’s to go mass market. There is a reason why gas vehicles can literally be bought in thousands of different shapes and drivetrain combinations. It is because there is a market for that many different combinations, and EV’s are far behind.

Where are the scientist hamsters? — oh, wait this isn’t a Kia Soul EV?

I was thinking the same thing. The rear looks like an overgrown Kia Soul. Gesture controls in the future? BMW has that now.

I’ve been using Gestures to drive for decades…


Kinda cool but this is not a Microbus or even a descendant of the Bulli concept. Nor a Eurovan.

It is a VW MPV.

Maybe a Bolt competitor.

It needs to be priced under $42k in the USA with the big battery.

If not get a Tesla Model Y.

Uh, the vehicle that will make Priusmaniac happy, since it needs a 400 kw charger. (80% of 101 kwh in 1/4 hour).

This goes further to prove that VW is the world’s most prolific EV manufacturer with something like, what? 80 models?

So what do we get in the states? An e-golf with a smallish battery, and then recently the BIG NEW RELEASE of the cost reduced model which has TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS such as a COST REDUCED 3.3 kw Charger!


Plus 20% losses in charger and batteries!!!

Till 30% charge they need 500kW charger which will drop around 300kW at 70-80% charge. It’s impossible now to have that battery with high energy density and high charging power. If they use batteries with low energy density and high charging power the Budd will weight 7000lbs.
Some buses can charge with 450kW but they have bigger batteries with low energy density.
A123 systems have long life batteries with high charging rate but twice less energy density compare with Tesla panasonic batteries.

As an Engineer – with over 40 years experience – this is ONLY a concept. A lot can and will change before it becomes a mass produced vehicle. It’s very much a “paper exercise” at this point. And I doubt if a Mule or a heavily disguised Prototype is yet under test. That been said – there is a Market for this type of family people carrier (eg VW Sharan successor) – that part is correct. I do love the curved instrument panel. It’s taken my 3 screen Destop PC to a new level – to the road. Ignoring all the “Wow” features and gimmicks for just a moment. Let’s look at the vehicle fundamentals first. Battery and the Drive Train. Taking the successful BMW i3 REx as our benchmark of a lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Bodied car with am Aluminium chassis and 470 mpg economy, as a real production vehicle. (Not a Concept Vehicle). The BUDD-e has a battery capacity of 101 kWh. Let’s do a “reality check”. That’s over five (5) times the 18.8 KWh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery of the BMW i3. The weight of this battery will therefore be approximately 5 times – if we… Read more »

Battery weight is not as much of an issue as figuring out a way to package it. Aerodynamics affects range much more than weight.

No, weight is much more important. Aerodynamics only matters at highway speeds. The vehicle’s frictional losses are always dependent on weight.

Weight is becoming meaningless, when so many sports cars hit 3,600 -4,000 pounds. It hurts them on the track (as do aerodynamics), but that hasn’t stopped the public from buying, and neither will another 1,000lb battery (that replaces 350lbs of engine).

This is what desperation after a massive environmental scandal looks like, as VW Group tries to survive.

This presentation seems to scream, “Don’t destroy and sue us out of existence! We promise to make pretty clean and awesome new things!”

Opps, too late:

18 to 48 billion in penalties, could easily destroy them.

+1 Anon

I really don’t think that’s true. Desperation would have been something production ready. CES is looking no different than what they did before diesel-gate.

You can reminisce over VW/Audi/Porsche’s bluffs, by clicking the links atop Inside EV’s. A lot of greatest hits, like “Build on Request”, in there.

VW Group, didn’t have time between the scandal and CES to pinch off a real, long range and production ready EV.

Yes, the mythical EV prototype that will never be mass produced is typical for them, as their hearts are still deeply invested in diesel technology; no matter what their other PR releases say. VW is clearly still going to build more diesels.

But that multi-page PR package at the show. It just goes on and on and on. OMG, that’s clearly written by scared people who were compelled to justify the continued existence of their company. Pretty unicorn EVs for everyone, if you just leave them alone to build them!

Hey Jay… thanks for the laughs. I loved the photo comments while scrolling through and actually paid more attention to the increasingly interesting commentary than this vaporware. I particularly liked the Monty Python reference which marks the point where the wheels really start to fall off (via commentary anyway). Thanks again for the grins! 🙂

Campbell – good points. I do however love the Budd-e design, layout and innovation. Hope the ideas make it to production.

In terms of range, I wouldn’t be too pessimistic about VW’s numbers. Just look at the weight of the Tesla P90DL !

Significant weight savings can be made with lighter motors and power electronics and the use of lighter interior materials and outer skin body panels.

They didn’t mention carbon fibre (I think) but that might be expensive still.

VW says the tech found inside the BUDD-e could arrive by 2019, although VW Chairman Herbet Diess from the stage at CES mostly gave the impression that the BUDD-e itself will not.

The above statement says it all. “See our new concept vehicle. You may be able to get it next millenia, but we need the good pres now.”

The Tesla vehicles of today, whether Model X or Model S, can be equipped with a 90kwh battery. If you use their figure of range at 300 wh/mile, an EPA figure, you get 270 miles of range. Elon Musk has stated that his batteries are increasing in energy density (for mass) at 6.5% per year. That means in less than two years, Tesla could likely sell a 101.1 kwh Model S, getting a 303 mile EPA range, or 320 by the time this VW vapor materializes. This tells me a few things: VW has designed a really heavy and boxy vehicle because they are hitting about 433 wh/mile in a vehicle that is 10″ taller but 10″ thinner and not as long as a Tesla Model X at: 192″x87″x64″ (L W H). So the cross-section similar in overall displacement, which omits mirrors (and the Model X indeed has mirrors) must be a real drag, along with exterior styling shapes and materials to have 45% less range efficiency. Or is it just that heavy? Since it is clear that VW has dispensed with a 5-star NHTSA Safety rating objective by removing air bags, and they have those “eco wheels” which reduce… Read more »

Whatever happened to Volkswagen being a basic mode of transportation and not a living room on wheels

_We_ happened- we demanded living rooms on wheels, which is how Cadillac survived. You want basic transportation? Ship something in from China or Eastern Europe. Volkswagen must pay Western European wages and rents, and cannot be the VW of forty years ago. Just like Honda cannot survive by making the 90cc mopeds of forty years ago.

Or, better yet, find a rust-free Beetle and convert it yourself. Plenty of precedent to call

Uh, yes brings back memories. My second car as a teen was a used 1964 Beetle. Not much different from the 1930’s model that Jay Leno drove while in Germany a few years ago (even Leno commented it SOUNDED the same).

Now, the fake vw Golf Beetle has an engine at least 70% bigger than the engines in my Volt and ELR! (Although my ELR is quicker).

Thats why I became disinterested in VW’s for so many years. They lost their reliability, in fact nowadays its common to hear horror story repair bills for vw’s, and too many gadgets. Like this living room on wheels.

I have Gesture Controls in the ELR and I can’t stand them. Uh the crap we have to put up with to just get a nice sport coupe EV with nice seats.

Very nice! Too bad it’s just a concept but maybe they will make something out of it. It certainly has potential (as opposed to that other concept we saw yesterday…)
VW, you are going in the right direction!

If such a vehicle came to market “from any manufacturer” I’d give it a serious look.

I wish they would bring back the 1960’s Hippie Mobile back that I fell in love with in that I saw a classic micro bus driving around in the parking lot over the weekend. And it seemed pretty nicely airline.

No mention of price. When people realize this thing (Thing?) will cost over $60k, the laughter will begin.

This is not Volkswagen’s salvation.

No one can deny that VW is ahead of Tesla with the number of screens. 😉

Please ignore the man behind the curtain

Gesture and voice control sounds nice and all, but consider me paranoid.

I absolutely do not want a car that watches me and listens to everything I say.

I don’t want a car that requires that I accept a corporate privacy policy. I don’t want to have to periodically approve a users agreement before my car will start.

I also don’t want an infotainment system. If I’m driving, I need to be fully engaged with that activity, not distracted. If I have passengers, they are the infotainment; it’s what we used to call conversation.

Looks great! However… I want to drive it… call me back when I can drive it and charge it to 80% in 15 minutes in as many places as I can currently do so in most LEAFs and Model S.

Looks very 5 year horizon vaporous to me. Love to touch it for real. Til then I will keep enjoying not buying gas or diesel and driving electric until the next real models arrive. The LEAF 2.0 and eNV200 vans from Nissan… and the Model X and upcoming III from Tesla. VW wants to impress us… start actually selling eGolfs everywhere with a massive ad campaign and where is the eGolf Sportwagen with lets say oh… 30 to 40kWh battery. Why wait for 100kW batteries that will take way more than 15 minutes to 85% with the currently installed charger networks. Nice dream… but very vaporous.

All that is missing is the PRICE $$$$

I’m sorry but don’t effing tease us with crap that will never go on sale okee dokee.