The classic camper van / microbus from Volkswagen may return in the near future as an all-electric people carrier.
According to a report by AutoExpress UK, the German automaker is looking into reviving the old nameplate by using an electric powerplant paired with batteries placed under the floor in order to keep the van's original front end design.
Volkwagen's Chairman of the Board Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser also told AutoExpress UK that the van might use the company's multi-platform MQB architecture which is used on their current-generation Golf, Touran and Passat as such.
“When we put such a vehicle on the base of the modular transverse kit (MQB), we can use it as a battery electric vehicle – because the e-motor is much smaller than a combustion engine and we can build it in another way. It’s easy to bring battery space into such a vehicle, because you can put them under the floor. We have these systems already,” said Neusser.
Neusser added that Volkswagen engineers are already at work in making it possible and that it will keep its signature compact body, iconic D-pillars and boxy exterior. The company will only reveal it once it is ready to be shown to the public.
During the 2011 Geneva Motor Show though, the company released the Bulli concept (pictured above) which is an electric van that has a 3+3 seating configuration. Externally, it resembles the old camper van and is even finished in a two-tone paint that pays homage to the Samba Bus along with the distinct V design at the front. It is powered by an electric motor that puts out 115 PS and 260 Nm of torque.
Source: AutoExpress UK