VW Unveil Electric Microbus Concept
An electric VW Bus is nothing new. On both sides on the Atlantic, companies have been specialising in conversions for years now. But now to celebrate the launch of their new Innovation and Engineering Center in California (IECC), Volkswagen have announced an official one.
Yes, to celebrate 20 years of innovation, Volkswagen has updated a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus to produce the electrically-driven Type 20 concept and it looks a bit special. Equipped with a 10kWh battery and a 2,500-watt on-board charger, the electric motor produces 120 BHP and 173 lb-ft of torque — a sizeable increase from the OG’s sub-50 BHP engine.
To make the ride significantly smoother, Volkswagen has also enlisted the help of its supercar-counterpart Porsche to develop a custom-built active pneumatic suspension that digitally raises the suspension as the driver approaches the vehicle.
At first glance, this Type 20’s design may look extremely faithful to the Type 2. And while it is in overall form, the VW team have given the electric version a number of futuristic aesthetic adjustments. Firstly, the Type 20 is painted in a retro black-on-white colour scheme with some hot orange trims and bold blue headlights.
More noticeably, however, Volkswagen also worked with Autodesk — an American software company — to develop a unique wired furnishing which has been used on the mirror support, rims and steering wheel. Rounding things off is a 720p wide-angle camera system which is integrated into the drivers-side second window. It also uses real-time facial recognition to identify users of the Type 20.
The Volkswagen Type 20 Electric Microbus is currently just a concept but keep an eye on the VW Website for any updates.
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