We are edging very close to the beginning of 2017, and plenty of auto manufacturers have quite a lot to show off this year. One of the first of many events of the year is the Detroit Auto Show, and Volkswagen have announced that they have something quite interesting to display there. While most companies are planning on showing edgy concept cars that thin the line between sports vehicle and electric hybrid, the company is looking to reignite interest in an old classic, and are are reportedly showing off a new concept electric Microbus.
The Microbus concept is supposedly a seven-seat van with a “Modular Electric Toolkit” which was developed with small electric vehicles in mind. This same toolkit was used recently on 2 other electric concept vehicles developed by the company, the Budd-e van and Volkswagen ID. Volkswagen is planning on making a big electric vehicle push in the upcoming couple of years, so we should expect to see a number of other concept vehicles shown off soon. Volkswagen said it is hoping to be selling 1 million electric cars per year by 2025, so we’re hopeful they will be successful in their efforts.
The new concept vehicle is reported to have a range of 311 miles on a single charge, and should share a resemblance to the Budd-e concept also developed by the company, with a lithium battery mounted in the bottom. Though it is supposed to be modeled after the original Microbus, the new vehicle will apparently be 193 inches long, which is still smaller than many minivans on the road today.
Though we didn’t get any official images of the car, we’ll make sure to get some great shots should it appear at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
Be sure to stay tuned to Charged.io as we bring you all the latest news from the Detroit Auto Show, as we will be there in person to give you an in-depth look at these vehicles.