Volkswagen showed its intent to move past diesel-powered cars and focus more on environmentally-friendly vehicles with the unveiling of an all-electric version of its iconic Microbus Wendesday.
The plug-in van concept, called the Budd-e, made its debut at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and looks like a futuristic version, both inside and out, of VW's legendary van, .
Features include a new Modular Electronic Toolkit (MEB) platform design for plug-in vehicles and a new 101-kWh battery pack, which the German automaker says only takes 15 minutes to charge to 80 percent. Digital screens replace analog gauges and mirrors, and larger individual displays are included instead of traditional switches and buttons.
The Budd-e has an all-electric range of 373 miles, a top speed of 93 mph and all-wheel drive thanks to its front and rear motors.
The driver and passengers also have access to gesture control, along with a next-generation infotainment system, . Control choices include voice, gesture, touch screen and steering-wheel controls.
Owners will also be able to charge the battery either by plugging it into a power socket or by inductive charging through the floor. The interior also comes with lounge-style seating and swivel seats with integral seat belts.
While many of the Budd-e's features aren't expected to be included in the final product, VW did say that the concept car hints at how it will design its future vehicles.