VW Bulli. VW unveils the new microbus that can travel up to 187 miles on a single electric charge. The German automaker calls it “the comeback of an automotive free spirit.”
This isn’t the first time VW has shown us a microbus concept. In 2001 it displayed this beauty that we’re still licking our chops for. That concept, of course, came and went. However, VW says this time, really, things are looking more real for the van, dubbed “Bulli,” after the German name for the Microbus.
Among the biggest differences between the Bulli concept and the air-cooled, rear-mounted engines of buses past is that this one is powered by — wait for it — electricity! In particular, this one gets its go from an electric motor said to be good for 113 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. The van can travel 186.4 miles per charge, with a top speed of 87 mph and a 0-60 mph time of about 11 seconds.
The van offers seating for six and an infotainment control via iPad. Nifty. The van’s dimensions are quite small: 156 inches long, 68.4 wide and 66 tall. Of course, this is still officially a concept, and VW has given no word on when or even if the van will go on sale. For now, you can check out photos of this sweet machine above, and I can begin my plan of turning one of these into a camper.
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