Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Concept

Once again, Volkswagen is showing a new concept that's an updated version of their famed minibus that debuted some 60 years ago. And while the original has become a cult classic, VW is moving ahead with a reborn 21st century concept. The Bulli, picking up from where the 2001 Microbus left off, has an electric drive with an updated exterior. VW is eager to gauge public reaction as the possibility for production is quite realistic.

Supposedly, the Bulli is capable of a traveling 185 miles on a single charge with its lithium-ion battery pack and a 114 hp electric motor that's rated at 200 lb-ft of torque. And like the original, acceleration isn't one of its strong points, hitting 62 mph in 11.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 87 mph. And unlike other electrics, charging takes just one hour. Interestingly, the Bulli isn't very big, measuring just under 6 ft wide and tall with an 8.5 ft wheelbase. The interior has a split-folding front bench seat with another bench behind it.

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One can also stow the rear seat for increased cargo capacity. To top it off, there's also a camper function with reclining seats that make a sleeping platform.

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