TodayMay 13, 2021

VW electric drive “Bulli” concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show

Get on the bus with the new VW electric drive “Bulli” concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show.

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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.

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Bulli "iPad like" center console interface

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VW Bulli seating for six

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VW Bulli concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show

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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
  • two-tone paint
  • 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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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and 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.