Geneva, Switzerland – Volkswagen has presented a new concept version of its Microbus, the Bulli, at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the “Transporter 1” van that the company introduced in 1950, the concept is powered by electricity.
The company said that the new Bulli concept has the potential to establish a new, fifth brand of people carrier next to the Caddy, Touran, Sharan and Caravelle models that it sells in global markets.
The concept uses an 85 kW electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, with a range of up to 300 kilometres. When charged at a station specifically designed for electric vehicles, the charging process takes less than one hour. The vehicle can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 140 km/h.
The concept could also incorporated Volkswagen’s gasoline or diesel engines as alternative drives, the company said.