Volkswagen Budd-E Concept

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.

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