It won’t be long now before the Volkswagen BUDD-e enters production and arrives at nearby dealerships. Earlier this year, the MPV was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was one of the many vehicles that promoted connected mobility solutions.
Moreover, it demonstrated the clear vision of Wolfsburg of what the car maker's Modular Electric platform can offer. Volkswagen did not hide its intention to put its platform into use. According to the automaker, it will enable a number of production vehicles with pure electric range instead of the traditional gas-powered engines by the end of 2020.
Volkswagen, however, did not discuss specific models. Instead, it was Volkswagen Electronic Development Head Volkmar Tanneberger who did that in a recent interview. Tanneberger explained, "You will see a car that looks a lot like this, on the MEB platform, reach production."
The concept for the BUDD-e includes a 101 kW/h battery, which takes up most of the entire chassis base. Volkswagen takes pride in its 373 mile range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The car is 181 inches long, making it more comparable to a large MPV than to an American minivan.
Many at the CES describe it as a larger Scion xB. According to Tanneberger, the idea is to develop a modular toolkit and take the flat battery idea "into serial production" with one motor each on the front and rear. Moreover, Tanneberger said that the Transporter panel van and its passenger version will continue to sport internal combustion engines.
Accordingly, the MEB plaform will not entirely displace vans running on gas and diesel. This is a significant development for the production version of the BUDD-e, which indicates that it will still be a niche car once it rolls out in the market.