UPDATED: Volkswagen Teases its CES-Bound Electric Vehicle Concept
“Long-Distance Electromobility” to Become a Priority for Brand
UPDATED: Volkswagen uploaded a teaser video to YouTube today with a few quick glimpses of the car. If you look close at the video embedded below, you can see it looks like it's got a stubby front hood and a rear hatch, lending more credence to the rumor that it may be Microbus-inspired.
Volkswagen revealed a teaser for the electric concept car bound for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The electric, which may take the form of a modern Microbus-style hatchback, signals a priority for Volkswagen’s CES presence.
“First and foremost, the world premiere marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility,” Volkswagen Group said in a press release. Additionally, the model will highlight the benefits that Volkswagen will soon be able to offer in the realm of connected driving, including more seamless infotainment integration.
As for the teaser image, it’s difficult to tell if the EV has a bluff, Microbus-like front end or if it has a traditional hood. The shape of the grille seems to recall the old Type 2 T1’s two-tone “check” between the headlights, and the overall stance of the concept seems to suggest some kind of microvan, lending some credence to the supposition that a new, electric Microbus tribute is on the way.
VW isn’t just bringing the EV concept to CES and then abandoning it, however. Indeed, the press release claims the concept will be the “starting shot for the Volkswagen brand’s future initiative.” It sounds like Volkswagen will be focusing a good deal of effort on electric vehicles in the future, then.
A cynic could claim that the company is only doing this to save face from its ongoing diesel emissions scandal, but it’s important to remember that concept cars don’t just generate from thin air. It’s likely that VW has had this all-electric concept (possibly taking design inspiration from the Bulli of a few years ago) in the works for some time now, predating any of the emissions scandal’s goings-on.
We’ll know more about VW’s EV plans next month.