Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the BUDD-e concept uses the group’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) which will standardise components across different models and make electric car technology more affordable to roll out to a mass market audience.
The concept’s 92.4kWh battery is larger than the packs fitted to the longest-range Tesla Model S, and are packaged underneath most of the cabin floor, driving an electric motor at each axle. As a result, interior space is optimised.
Other benefits of this new concept car include improved charging times. Volkswagen says 80% of its 330-mile range can be restored in half an hour, but added that it could be as quick as 15 minutes by the end of the decade as charging technology improves. The car maker also says their new MEB platform will bring improved cost-effective access to e-mobility, accompanied by long ranges to match today’s petrol-powered cars. This will enable more and more people to go electric, as price parity between electric cars and their petrol and diesel counterparts becomes a reality.
And Volkswagen also says the new platform will bring improved agility and occupant safety.
The BUDD-e also shows a number of new connected technologies that promise to make this electric car invaluable to drivers, such as controlling domestic heating and lighting systems or camera-based intercoms through its infotainment system, and software which can remind drivers if they’ve left important items at home.