Volkswagen is preparing to resurrect the Microbus as an electric MPV with a theoretical range of up to 500km together and the latest in autonomous driving functions.
Sources close to the German car maker describe it as a future relevant concept featuring modular architectural and technical solutions.
The latest take on the iconic Microbus is among a series of concepts conceived by a team of Volkswagen engineers headed by development boss, Frank Welsch. Unconfirmed at this stage, it is said to be one of up to five dedicated electric powered models tentatively chosen to spearhead the company’s entry into the electric car ranks at the end of the decade.
Same platform as ID concept
According to Volkswagen insiders with knowledge of the heavily shrouded project, the seven-seat electric powered MPV is based around the same flexible MEB platform as the five-door ID concept – a pure electric hatchback revealed at the Paris motor show in September and already confirmed for launch in 2019.
The MEB structure, which sites new Volkswagen concept’s liquid cooled lithium-ion battery within the floorplan to provide it with a completely flat floor, has been modified to suit the characteristics of the new Microbus, with both a longer wheelbase and wider track widths than those seen on the ID.
The new platform architecture has been developed independently of the structures to be used by Volkswagen sister companies Audi and Porsche with the upcoming production versions of the e-tron quattro SUV and Mission E saloon.