CES is a great place to check out new concept cars. Seven years ago, I fell in love with a Jaguar XJ8 L concept and I actually drive one of those now. So thankfully for Car Geeks, concept cars sometimes become reality, and right now there's a lot of buzz at CES regarding Volkswagens latest MicroBus tease, the Budd-e.
It's an all electric microbus with a 101kWh battery, 93 mile per hour maximum speed, and a maximum range somewhere between 373 and 233 miles. If they build it, it will come in multiple configurations, much like past Microbuses did in their heyday of 1950 through 1979.
I'm not at CES this year, but Car & Driver has a great set of photos here,
Volkswagen's press release is here with all the details. Take it all with a grain of road grit, 'cuz Volkswagen has teased us with a bus update before. They know that they had one of the most popular cars in the world, and those iconic vehicles have a massive following. The nostalgia alone will drive sales through the roof if they get this reimagining right.
|Volkswagen Microbus Concept from 2005|
|The old girl cleans up nice|
The engines were the same as Porsche used in their 914, but the bus was much too heavy to get any real power out of them and the air cooling left them burning hot at 220 degrees.
It now has a Fat Performance Racing engine redesign and with the dual 454 Weber carburetors and computer controlled twin turbo oil coolers, this bus can really move!
|Fat Performance Racing Engine|
She's a lot of fun though, with LED colored lighting inside and out, 5700 watts of audio she's the ultimate beach party machine.
|Racing seats - comfortable for long drives|
|Toilet tucked away under that ottoman.|
The galley has an ice box, a pull out pantry, and she has three Optimus deep cycle gel batteries to keep her electrical needs going. There's a solar trickle charger to keep the batteries topped up when no electrical hookups are available. When electrical hookups are available, the inverter will recharge the batteries and keep the music playing.
Even with all these modern features, she's still almost 40 years old. She requires a garage and is a fussy girl sometimes, so she's not an ideal ride for the 99%.
|Top is popped|
|New Technology Enhancements in the Dash|
|Mappa Burl Cabinetry withy honey finish and white|
marine vinyl complements the exterior color scheme.
|White Vinyl cleans up great with 409 and a terry cloth|
towel - great for dogs or wetsuits!
|Eat and drink without stopping - the sink and |
Caesarstone counter on the right
|Another view of the upper bunk|
|Upper bunk monitor|
|Bench seat collapses into a lie flat bed|
|The back half of the bed is also a cargo area|
|Fat Performance Engine|