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Published: Sun, December 25, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Volkswagen teases electric vehicle concept ahead of Detroit

Volkswagen teases electric vehicle concept ahead of Detroit

The yet-unnamed design study is scheduled to make its official debut early next month at the Detroit Auto Show.

The fascia of the new I.D. concept is cleaner than the BUDD-e's LED-awash design, while the taillights are also more minimalistic. Can it be another BUDD-e concept like the one we saw at last year's CES show? The Bus rides on the same modular MEB platform as the original I.D. concept, and it's powered by an electric motor mounted over the rear axle.

Volkswagen is extending the I.D. concept family it debuted at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year with a new concept vehicle in the same line to be fully revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The I.D. also stands for purity in design language, form, and character as well as typical Volkswagen attention to detail and ideal use of interior space. The Volkswagen brand's I.D. concept auto with a range of up to 600 kilometers provided a first glimpse at the Paris Motor Show. Its overall concept is revolutionary. VW claims a long electric driving range, but isn't providing any numbers. "A new feeling of freedom - with zero emissions". And the new electric model is certainly a minivan.

The I.D. concept has been designed with autonomous driving in mind. Its steering wheel retracts into the dashboard when activated via a touch sensitive pad to launch the self-driving functions. Laser scanners, cameras, and ultrasonic and radar sensors, will then monitor the surroundings and other vehicles to help pilot the vehicle safely.

Great! When can I buy an electric 4wd Microbus?

When I get to Detroit, I'll be sure to let you know how elated or disappointed I am. They'd be fools not to leverage the Microbus' reputation and nostalgia when it comes to making autonomous cars appealing.

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