VW reveals plans for its new ‘Magic Bus’

Volkswagen unveiled its concept for the Budd-e at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6 this year.

The Budd-e is an all-electric microbus that produces no emissions whatsoever. Its look acknowledges the marque’s heritage while keeping an eye on its future.

A 30-minute electrical charge allows the Budd-e to enjoy a driving range of 250 miles. It has electric motors positioned in the front and back and is likely to be capable of 0-60mph in a little under seven seconds, and a top speed of 112mph.

The Budd-e is 4.6 metres long, putting it somewhere between VW’s Touran and Multivan T6. It’s perhaps not best suited as a home on the road but it will certainly provide useful holiday transport. Gesture control 2.0 technology allows occupants to gain access to an interior that features swivelling chairs positioned at the front and a rear bench.

The microbus taps into the company’s pop culture associations, which remain strong to this day. A camper van can clearly be seen on the cover of Bob Dylan’s 1963 Freewheelin’ album. In 1969, the Mystery Machine became Scooby-Doo and friends’ transport of choice, endearing the brand to generations of viewers. In fact, the camper van goes back to 1949 when the VW Type 2 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

We will bring you more information on the Budd-e as and when we get it. In the meantime, why not discover our range of Volkswagen vehicles available at Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex dealerships?