Las Vegas - The Volkswagen e-Golf electric hatchback will soon see its range improve by nearly a third, Volkswagen head of electronics development Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The Budd-e is the latest concept to attempt to revive the iconic camper, but in the wake of Volkswagen's recent diesel emissions, it must just be the right time for the carmaker to both cash in on some heritage kudos and introduce a new vehicle with a zero-emissions variant.
Dr. Diess also presented the e-Golf Touch which he said represents the next generation of infotainment with better display and control concept, and this is also inclusive of gesture control and larger displays.
Volkswagen stays on course for innovation.
Beleaguered car-maker Volkswagen has unveiled a new electric vehicle concept, featuring a gesture-controlled dashboard and no wing mirrors. Its newly developed electric drive enables a driving range of up to 533 kilometers (NEDC) / 233 Miles (EPA estimated real-world driving range).
As already reported, the BUDD.e will be made at Volkswagen's Puebla factory in Mexico and be on sale in 2017.
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. One of its highlights is the charging cycle. If that were to increase by 30 percent, the e-Golf would breach the 100-mile mark on a single battery charge. With the touch functionality, you have the blend of smartphones and automobiles.
The future will also be characterized by automated driving.
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".