Electric VW Microbus Could Debut at CES
Eco-Friendly Retro-Inspired Hauler Could Have 200+ Mile Range
If any automotive brand could use some good news and goodwill right now, it’s Volkswagen. Battered by the TDI emissions cheating scandal on two continents what will likely be tens of billions in settlements, and the prospect of selling its crown jewel Bentley and Bugatti brands, VW is trying desperately to get back into car buyers’ good graces. What better way to do that than draw on fond nostalgia with a high-tech, eco-friendly twist? According to Autocar, that may be what’s in the works for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The report claims VW will join Chevrolet in introducing a new car at the consumer electronics trade show with a production electric version of a revived Microbus previewed by the Bulli concept in 2011. Autocar first reported this rumor back in September. This time, the outlet claims CES show organizers have confirmed VW will debut a vehicle at the show.
The electrified Microbus, which will reportedly have as much as a 250-mile range, will be taking center stage at CES. However, the vehicle will also be offered in gasoline and diesel versions for global markets. The production version of the Microbus will reportedly be smaller than the current T6 Transporter (last sold in the U.S. as the EuroVan).
The Microbus has a relatively utilitarian historic reputation in Europe, where it was an urban workhorse for decades. However, in the U.S., the Microbus is closely associated with the hippie culture of the ’60s and to this day is a popular part of the Southern California surf culture, with restored Microbus models often selling for more than $50,000.