The German car maker, which was at the centre of the recent emissions scandal, hailed The BUDD-e concept as as “a realistic trend setter”.Beleaguered car-maker Volkswagen has unveiled a new electric car concept, featuring a gesture-controlled dashboard and no wing mirrors.
The German car maker, which was at the centre of the recent emissions scandal , hailed The BUDD-e concept as as “a realistic trend setter”.
The futuristic vehicle – a modern interpretation of the first Volkswagen bus – was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.
“We are developing completely new and unique vehicle concepts – especially designed for long-distance electromobility,” said the company’s chairman of the board, Dr Herbert Diess.
The “all-wheel drive” vehicle is the first to run on Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Drive Kit, which will rival petrol-powered cars by the end of the decade, according to Volkswagen.
It has a 101 kWh battery built into the floor that lasts for between 233 and 373 miles, and can be charged to 80% of its capacity within around 30 minutes.
The car has no side-view mirrors. Instead it features “e-Mirrors”, which feed images from external cameras onto display screens inside the car on the driver and passenger sides.
Electric motors at the front and rear of the vehicle allow it to reach a top speed of 93 mph.
There is also a digital navigation panel on the dashboard that acts as an information hub and entertainment system, and is is equipped with both gesture and voice control.
As with Ford’s new connected vehicles, users will be able to control certain elements of their household from their car, like adjusting the air conditioning, turning the lights off, and even checking to see if their kids have got home from school.
Volkswagen is hoping that a renewed focus on zero-emissions vehicles will help to restore its reputation, following the emissions scandal, when it was found to be cheating emissions tests in the US.
Dr Diess also spoke about the potential of driverless cars, claiming that they will become “part of our everyday lives and will change mobility completely”.
“Volkswagen has a lot of ideas how to use these cutting edge technologies and bring them to our customers”, he said.