The Volkswagen BUDD-e concept will see production in the near future, the UK's Car magazine reports.
The electric minivan made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show last month and presented VW's vision of what a vehicle with the automaker's Modular Electric platform could offer. The BUDD-e is styled VW's 2011 Microbus concept.
Volkswagen made no secret of its intention to put the new electric platform to use, hinting that it would "enable a series production car to have pure electric range on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars by the end of the decade," but stopped short of promising a specific model.
But Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electronic development at VW, did just that in an interview with Car magazine.
"You will see a car that looks a lot like this, on the MEB platform, reach production," Tanneberger said. "I can’t say exactly when, but 2020 or thereabouts."
In concept form the BUDD-e houses a 101-kWh battery that takes up almost the entire base of the chassis, with the automaker claiming a range of 533km (332 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
"The basic idea is to develop a modular toolkit and take this flat battery idea into serial production, one motor on the front, one on the rear," Tanneberger said.
Tanneberger also indicated that the Transporter panel van and its passenger version would continue with internal combustion engines, stating that the MEB platform would not displace gas and diesel-engined van platforms entirely. That's a prudent development, as the production version of the BUDD-e would still be a niche vehicle even when it does go on sale.
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