Inspired by the original VW Microbus, the space concept is based on the MEB platform that's shared with the ID hatchback
22 December 2016

The second model in the Volkswagen ID electric model line-up, an MPV reminiscent of the original Microbus, is due to be revealed at Detroit motor show in January. 

It is described by the car maker as a 'space concept', which refers to Volkswagen's intentions to provide the maximum possible accommodation inside the car. 

The so-called space concept taps the iconic design and versatile layout of the original Microbus for inspiration, and follows the ID hatchback in what Wolfsburg officials suggest will be a series of new self-driving electric-powered concept cars to be unveiled in 2017.

It's the second electric MPV concept to come from VW in recent times - the Budd-e of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show was the first. 

Pictured here in a series of teaser photographs ahead of its world premiere at the Detroit motor show, the concept is based around Volkswagen’s versatile new MEB (modularen Elektrifizierungsbaukasten – modular electrified architecture) platform first unveiled underneath the ID hatchback at the Paris motor show last September.

Intended to bridge the gap between one of Volkswagen’s most heavily admired models and a future electric car line-up, the multi-seat concept is described as featuring “outstanding accommodation” together with an “extended electric range”.

The three photographs released by Volkswagen reveal the front- and rear-end styling treatment of the new concept, which receives distinctive horizontally positioned LED headlamps and tail lamps similar in appearance to those adorning the ID hatchback.

Among the exterior design elements that hark back to the Microbus is an upright front end with what appears to be an almost vertical windscreen and minimal overhang. It supports a large illuminated VW badge and V-shaped feature line that recall the detailing of Volkswagen’s original MPV. 

One of up to five advanced zero emission models being considered for production as part of the German car maker’s recently announced Future 2025 plan that targets up to 500,000 electric car sales by the middle of next decade, the second ID concept features a drivetrain with two electric motors and four-wheel drive capability.

Volkswagen is holding back on further details on the drivetrain for the Microbus-inspired concept. However, it confirms the new MPV will receive similar connectivity and autonomous driving functions as the original ID concept.

Included is a retractable steering wheel depicted on one of the teaser photographs of the new concept.  When activated via a touch sensitive pad, it triggers the autonomous driving functions, which use laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors and digital stereo cameras, before retracting to provide the driver with greater space. 

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22 December 2016
Whilst VW consider future electric cars everyone else builds them. Not only that I've heard one well known car maker will bring out a car in 2018 that can recharge in 15 mins...

22 December 2016
If the next Gen Leaf 'leaked' photos and spec. are anything to go by Nissan are even further ahead of the VW than I thought. How did the might of VW let this happen?
Well apparently when Audi boss Dürheimer was sacked in 2013 it was because of his lack of interest in Electric cars and preference to Hydrogen cell cars like the prototype A7, this just goes to show how long it can take to recover from such bad decisions

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 December 2016
Was he actually right? The Government is going to have to find an enormous pile of our money to fund new power stations to prevent all these electric cars just sitting on our drives because the electricity generation capacity required is just not there at the moment. We're already close to the system falling over on a cold day at current consumption levels. I hate to think how much more will be used by a few million electric cars.

22 December 2016
The hydrogen infrastructure would have been funded through private investment from the energy companies and would be quicker to create than numerous power stations which will be subject to hurdles like planning permission etc

22 December 2016
lamcote wrote:

The hydrogen infrastructure would have been funded through private investment from the energy companies and would be quicker to create than numerous power stations which will be subject to hurdles like planning permission etc

And yet they don't because they know a failure when they see one. Besides you need more than twice the amount of electricity to propel create enough Hydrogen a propel a car a mile than you do by just to just propel an EV a mile

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 December 2016
If as much investment had been put into hydrogen power as has been put into EVs so far things would be better and would have opened up far more potential for the long term. Unfortunately politicians are driving short termism as usual with EV incentives, rather than making the better long term decisions.

22 December 2016
lamcote wrote:

Was he actually right? The Government is going to have to find an enormous pile of our money to fund new power stations to prevent all these electric cars just sitting on our drives because the electricity generation capacity required is just not there at the moment. We're already close to the system falling over on a cold day at current consumption levels. I hate to think how much more will be used by a few million electric cars.

People charge over night when we're using next to no electricity at the moment. In fact electricity companies encourage this.
Besides use Norway as an example, the head of Electricity said it's no problem and 1 in 4 of new cars are EV's. Unless you know something he doesn't?
After all EV's won't take over overnight it'll be gradual process that can be planned for. And at the end of the day 90% of people will only ever need 12kwh overnight (use of timers play a part here) for 60 miles the next day.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 December 2016
If the cost of providing the additional generation capacity gets included in the future cost of electricity that will have a massive impact on the cost of your household bills and the cost of goods and services as industry will be hit with higher energy bills too.

22 December 2016
lamcote wrote:

If the cost of providing the additional generation capacity gets included in the future cost of electricity that will have a massive impact on the cost of your household bills and the cost of goods and services as industry will be hit with higher energy bills too.

As I've said you need huge amounts of electricity to create hydrogen way MORE than to directly power an EV.
Back to EV's now, at the rate green power is increasing (Norway is now over 100%) most of the new needs will be taken up in 20 years time anyway. REMEMBER EV take-up will be over a long period

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 December 2016
EV take up had better be slow, Hinckley Point C, one power station, will have taken over 20 years to deliver!

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