CES 2016 has been all abuzz because of the new and innovative concept brought forward by the German giant Volkswagen. As promised in the past, Volkswagen has not let down its customers and has brought us a new design for a Microbus that may revolutionise the way we perceive cars in general.
This new design for the Microbus is called Budd-e and it tries to capture and bind the retro shape of the Microbus with new and modern designs and motifs, while still keeping that old and familiar feel people like about the brand. However, behind this familiar design lies the genius of this new concept. Yes, unfortunately it is still a concept, a prototype, and it will not be released anytime soon. There are speculations that the Budd-e will be released on the market in 2017, but nothing has been confirmed just yet.
What makes the Budd-e stand out from the crowd is the amount of cutting edge technology piled into it. Firstly, the Budd-e is an electric vehicle, which is already a market that is budding and flourishing. Secondly, the Budd-e is based on the new and superior Modular Electronic Toolkit platform, which surpasses the older MQB platform. While the two are similar in the fact that they both can support plug-in vehicles, the Modular Electronic Toolkit is vastly superior.
The biggest surprise that Volkswagen revealed about the Budd-e, however, is the fact that it outclasses all other electric vehicles when it comes to recharge time and battery power. The Budd-e is capable of charging its battery to 80% in just fifteen minutes and is capable of reaching speeds up to 93MPH (149km/h) and the battery can last for some good 373 miles (600 km). Because the batteries are positioned along the floor, they can power both the front and rear axle motors, which makes the Budd-e an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Another nice benefit of the Budd-e Microbus is that it is fully compatible with smart technologies. It can not only power itself, but it can also power a household if the need arises, as well as communicate with it through those same smart technologies. Smart homes, and offices, are still some pretty new things, so many people don’t have those yet.
Finally, the interior of the car has also been modernised and futurised. There are no analog buttons, switches or dials. Instead, everything is commanded via a touchscreen or even through gestures alone. The Budd-e uses wholly new and innovative gesture recognition systems which will decrease the chance to accidentally tell your car to stop while explaining something to your friend. Also, the handles for opening the doors are gone. Instead, they are fully electrically operated. Finally, to put the finishing touch on this highly technological piece of hardware, the Budd-e does not have side mirrors; instead high-res cameras take care of that.
You would really have to be a master at vehicular knowledge to be able to recognise this piece of futuristic hardware if all the Volkswagen badges were taken away.