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Volkswagen Microbus fans rejoice! The BUDD-e concept is reportedly heading to production.
CAR reports that the all-electric BUDD-e concept that debuted at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will be produced on Volkswagen’s upcoming MEB modular electric platform. Speaking to the publication, Volkswagen head of electronic development and the driving force behind the BUDD-e concept, Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, said, “[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. The California and Transporter will continue separately as combustion engines.”
As for the BUDD-e concept, the production model will looks “a lot like this,” according to Tanneberger and although he wouldn’t confirm exactly when it will arrive, he did say it will be around 2020.
In the aftermath of Volkswagen’s massive dieselgate scandal, the German automaker is accelerating its plans to focus on electrified vehicles, crossovers and SUVs. The company recently announced that it will introduce 20 more electrified vehicles by 2020 and the BUDD-e concept appears to be one of them. Now the big question is whether the German automaker will bring the Microbus nameplate along for the ride.