Overlook the horrible name, and it becomes clear that the Volkswagen Budd-E Concept is looking to become the modern reincarnation of the Microbus. It's built atop VW's new Modular Electric Platform, and its plug-in powertrain has a 101 kWh battery with two motors, one for each axle, good for a range of 233 miles and a top speed of 93. But as important as the specs are, and as impressive as the familiar-yet-updated exterior may be, the interior is where it's most interesting. An Active Info Display combines all dash-mounted gauges, controls, and displays into a single multi-touch screen, augmented by natural voice commands and a touch-sensitive, button-less steering wheel. There's a 31-inch touchscreen infotainment system for rear passengers, solar panels on the roof, and a constant connection to the Internet of Things, so it can do things like control your HVAC system or open your garage door automatically. It can even serve as a drop box for deliveries, with a digital key used to place shipments in the storage compartment beneath the tailgate.
Most concepts leave us wanting to take them out for a spin around the block. The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept has us wanting to take it out for a spin around the track. Built primarily for racing, but including technology that could be extended to other, more practical vehicles, it's built on a modular system called Variable Platform Architecture that can be adapted for different sized wheelbases. It's powered by four motors — one at each wheel — producing over 1,000 hp, with a 0-60 time under 3 seconds and top speed of over 200mph. Your smartphone is integrated into the steering column, serving as the main interface both in and out of the cockpit, and the seat was designed to keep you at a 45-degree angle, promoting circulation while the special helmet and Halo safety system deliver head and neck support, oxygen, and water.