Get on the bus with the new VW electric drive “Bulli” concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show.
VW Bulli concept microbus
Bus, magic now ‘electric’ bus from VW carries six including the driver with a ‘infotainment’ mantra iPad center console interface. The iPad interface controls Bluetooth hands-free telephone, navigation, climate control, and the hazard warning switch. Also, the speedometer and multifunction display in the cockpit communicates with the Ipad.
Bulli "iPad like" center console interface
VW Bulli seating for six
VW Bulli concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show
VW Bulli concept cockpit display
VW Bulli concept highlights:
1,450 kg lithium-ion battery with a maximum storage capacity of 40 kWh.
electric motor outputs 85 kW with 199 lb.-ft of torque
0 to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds (top speed governed to 87 mph
alternative 1.0 or 1.4 liter gas or diesel direct injection engines
156 inches x 68.4 inches x 66 inches
wheelbase 102 inches
54 inches front and rear tire width
front-wheel drive electric motor forward of the front axle
integral drive primary components are an E-motor, high-voltage pulse inverter and DC/DC converter on the 12-Volt system
LED daytime running lights and LED turn indicators placed as an upside down L shape at each outer corner
Two fog lights on, central air intake and black front spoiler
18-inch alloy wheels
370-liter bootspace behind the tailgate.
outer and middle front seat positions can fold down for a 2/3 split and the rear seat can lay flat
Sound system comes from amplifier and guitar legend Fender (USA).
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Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea.
Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.