Volkswagen BUDD-e Update: 101 kWh Battery Provides 233 Miles Of EPA Range

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 36

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen presented its BUDD-e electric concept car.

VW isn’t saying for sure if BUDD-e will go into production, but the automaker is stating the following:

“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 30 minutes by then, marking an operational breakthrough for EVs.”

So, some BUDD-e related electric will enter production by the end of the decade and it will have range comparable to today’s gasoline cars. VW lists range for BUDD-e at an estimated 233 miles on the EPA cycle, which is well short of most of today’s gas cars, but still more than enough for most every driver. That range comes courtesy of a 101-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted skateboard style under the floor on the car.

More BUDD-e details in the press release below:

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

NYIAS 2016: ELECTRIC VOLKSWAGEN BUDD-e CONCEPT MAKES U.S. AUTO SHOW DEBUT
Mar 23, 2016

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

New York, March 2016 —Building on the successful unveiling at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Volkswagen BUDD-e makes its U.S. auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show. 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** (estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle) 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. 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.

Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen BUDD-e

MEB: The new architecture for Volkswagen’s electric vehicles

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 30 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.

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.

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** (estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle) 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.

 Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen BUDD-e

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.

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
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.

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.

Volkswagen Budd-e

Volkswagen Budd-e

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

At CES, Volkswagen demonstrated, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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**373 miles estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle

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36 responses to "Volkswagen BUDD-e Update: 101 kWh Battery Provides 233 Miles Of EPA Range"

  1. Bobby Dazzler says:

    Until VW bring this to production, can we all agree not to discuss BUDD-e ever again. No more VW press releases, no more column inches in magazines, no more space on a website.

    This regurgitated drivel has been used over and over. It’s time to ignore the VW press department.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      And there is no way they will build that. It has a battery bigger than a Model X and gets a worse range than a Model X. And it is not nearly as sexy. It is a nonstarter unless battery prices crash way down.

    2. Alpha777 says:

      This is larger and uglier, therefore, higher chances of going into production.

    3. trololo says:

      I totally agree with you. I stopped at “VW isn’t saying for sure if BUDD-e will go into production (…)” and jumped directly to the comment section.
      VW is just brain washing customers, stating that it is not yet the era of EV to help one of its biggest shareholder to sell more oil (http://www.reuters.com/article/volkswagen-shareholders-idUSL5N11T3ID20150923#kZ7cXDxx2QW7lsVt.97) …

      1. RexxSee says:

        +100

    4. ffbj says:

      “Don’t forget anything. BUDD-e can remind its occupants if they have forgotten anything.”

      Cool, the vehicle can remind you, least you forget, that VW Stinks!

      1. Brian Swanson says:

        this vehicle reminds me of the TarTan Prancer. http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/1/9079007/vacation-tartan-prancer-fake-van

  2. Speculawyer says:

    Newsflash . . . putting batteries into a vehicle shaped like a brick produces less than desire range! Duh.

    At least one of the VAG execs finally understood things . . . Tesla did everything right! Aerodynamics are VERY IMPORTANT for EVs!

    1. trololo says:

      🙂

    2. I’m probably in the minority here, but I value utility much more than aerodynamics. Even a driving brick of a BEV has better energy efficiency than the best aerodynamic popular ICE car (Prius).

      The first thing I do with all cars is attach a bike rack off the rear and a ski rack/roof pod/canoe on the roof. I would do this with a Model S too if I had one. So I ruin the finely tuned aerodynamics anyways, and so do almost 50% of the people in my region.

      It helps if the car is at least not a square, but this van style would suit me just fine! Plenty of room for my kids and gear. I would like a bit more clearance though for some light gravel roads and dual-drive.

      1. Spec says:

        But I doubt you would be happy to pay the $85K or so needed to cover the cost of that vehicle with a 100KWH battery. For now, PHEV is the way to go for vans, pickups, and other non aerodynamic vehicles.

        1. Texas FFE says:

          If VW can purchase the batteries for what GM pays, $145 per kWh, then the battery pack would only cost $14,500. There is no reason the cost of the vehicle needs to be astronomical just because it has a large battery pack. Remember we are talking about Volkswagen, the people’s car, they are going to try to keep price down (hopefully not by cheating).

          1. Speculawyer says:

            Well a couple things about that.

            First, I don’t think German companies have developed a good cheap supply of Li-Ion cells for autos. They’ve been trying to make their own cells in some places and I don’t think they have been able to make them for very cheap.

            And no matter what your cell price is, why not build the car shape that will give you a better range? You can still throw a rack on top of the Model X or Model S. You can still put a rack on the back of the Model X. You’ll lose aerodynamics when using the racks but you can always take them off when you are not using them.

            Wouldn’t you rather have the car that costs the same but get’s 20% more range by just using a better shape?

            1. jh says:

              Actually no. As a father of three this concept would be quite ideal. I don’t really care about the battery size as long as it is enough. I would like a minivan with about 120kwh. That would be perfect for my current family needs.

          2. Jose says:

            $14,500 for the batteries, around $30,000 for the outer shell of the van. I think $50-$60,000 could be a reasonable selling price, with $5-$15,000 profit margin.

      2. Jazoray says:

        Aerodynamics is utility.

      3. Rich says:

        I value utility as well.
        The only problem is VW spews propaganda as easily as expelling air from their lungs.
        The only way VW will build the Budd-e is if it’s part of the dieselgate settlement.

        1. mike w says:

          agreed. Propaganda resulting from dieselgate

  3. Rob says:

    BUDDe is looking like same old VW vaporware. At least Audi has committed to an SUV in 2018. Tesla thanks you for two more years without any competition. For a company that is supposed to be sorry for its polluting diesels, VW is not showing any sign of making amends.

  4. Texas FFE says:

    I agree with the posts that 233 miles of range is pretty bad for a 100 kWh battery. VW needs to improve aerodynamics, reduce rolling resistance or something to improve efficiency. I also agree that the BUDD-e concept is fantasy but the MEB platform is very important for the VW group. I think we will several production variants of the MEB platform in the next five years and hopefully they will all support 100 kWh batteries.

    1. R.S. says:

      Very well said, everyone only seems to see the big strange looking brick, but what we should be discussing is the underpinnings.
      The MEB won’t be designed for cars like the Porsche Mission-E or the Audi Quattro-Quattro-and-Quattro-again, but for cars like the Tiguan, Golf, Beetle, Passat, basically cheapish compact to midsize cars.
      The fact that they are planning to go up to 100kWh is a reason to keep an eye on VW.

    2. As I noted above, this type of vehicle is in demand from many people like myself who would prefer the utility of this shape etc. If you want a car solely for commuting, of course there are better options. Not everyone wants this however. I would never buy a Volt or FFE because of the shape of the car – my car serves more purpose than just taking me to/from work.

  5. James says:

    ????? How in the world is it that inefficient? That’s so much worse than anything currently on the road, by a long shot. Those numbers must be off.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      That big flat back end creates a huge vacuum that creates a LOT of drag. It is also probably pretty heavy.

  6. RexxSee says:

    More BS from the cartel! In 2019 ranges will be 500 miles!

  7. Someone out there says:

    A bit low but I guess it’s because of a terrible drag factor.

    I still wish they would make it a full size van/minibus, that is a big gap in the market. And of course get rid of the ridiculous gesture/voice command interface.

  8. scott franco says:

    50kWh is sufficient for 200 miles. 100kWh is more battery weight than is worth it to haul around.

    1. wavelet says:

      Why do you think so? This looks less aerodynamic than the Bolt.
      It’s also much longer/wider/taller (181/76/72 inches vs. 164/70/63 inches) — in fact, it’s larger than the VW Touran 7-seater MPV — so will be much heavier than the Bolt, unless they use extremely expensive lightweight materials (which wouldn’t make sense in a production VW car).

      Given the Bolt needs 60kWh for its 200mi AER, and the Nissan IDS concept which is widely believed to be the next (200mi) LEAF ditto, 50kWh wouldn’t do it.

  9. Anon says:

    This regurged VW BEV PR, must be their way of ‘Sh–ing A Brick’. This prototype has the same coefficient of drag.

  10. goodbyegascar says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if VW was serious about the Budd-e?

    Too bad I have lost faith in almost anything from Volkswagen. Actually makes me feel a little bit sad, because I used to hold their products in high regard, especially the Golf TDI.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Yeah, I am a long-time VW driver. I’ve had at least 3 of them. But at this point, VW just doesn’t do it for me. They resisted hybrids and plug-ins for too long . . . and instead went all in on diesels. That was a really REALLY bad move. They are now playing catch up.

      They do have some plug-ins now but they are largely weaksauce. The eGolf is a clone of what Nissan did 5 years ago!

    2. Jeff Songster says:

      Completely agree… VW just needs to deliver… how about showing us BUDD E on the same day they update their e-Golf to 36Kw or something. Give us 150-200 miles from a car you are already delivering… It is nice to drive… has some nice features others don’t in the heated windshield and a charge timer disable in the charge port box… come on VW you are too big to continue to engage in this BS… or maybe Qatar is really in charge. In which case you should just close the doors now.

      1. wavelet says:

        VW has already said they’ll be upping the range on the current-gen e-Golf by 30% using the same battery layout, but wuth updated cells.
        http://www.autoblog.com/2016/01/09/volkswagen-e-golf-30-percent-range-increase-new-batteries/
        They haven’t said when, but that should result in a 32kWh battery, with about the same AER as the 30kWh LEAF.

        The next-gen e-Golf (with presumably 200mi AER) will have to wait for their new electric-only MEB platform (same one as the BUDD-e), reportedly sometime in 2018. I wonder if they’ll try to sccelerate that by a year, so they don’t miss out on a year’s worth of 200mi-car sales by Nissan, GM (and a lesser extent Tesla).

  11. Ralf Gulden says:

    The present e-Golf has a 24.2 kWh battery and is EPA rated with 83 miles. 83 *101 / 24.2 = 346 miles. If the Budd-e would have the same efficiency as the e-Golf. The mentioned 233 miles are only 2/3 of 346. This is disappointing. I doubt this is only an aerodynamics thing. I hope VW press department just made a mistake, unable to do the maths.

  12. Jasmin says:

    That’s something like 2.3 miles/KwH, which is frankly pretty terrible. It’s barely better than the current Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is an 4WD SUV dragging round a two litre ICE and hybrid drivetrain.

  13. Trond says:

    Interesting to se the Volkswagen’s new MEB platform (BUDD-e). It is by confusion very much like the Tesla platform. Rear engine, optional front engine, battery flat package.
    This concept may be EV standard.
    On top of this platform, VW may have various bodies. VW is not a racing car produces. I expect cars like Passat, Buddy, Transporter. Everyday cars. For families, the VW bodies may be a choice.