Germans called it a Bulli. Americans called it a Microbus. Australians and Kiwis called it a Kombi. Some called it a Hippie Bus, Hippie Van or Hippiemobile. It made an appearance on all continents. Whatever you liked to call it, it seems the Volkswagen Bulli is being resurrected in a new and quite different form.
The new Bulli microbus design is said to be inspired by the iconic 1960s version; a “reinterpretation” for the times. It’s only a concept vehicle at this stage, and has just been presented by Volkswagen at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Quite often, concept cars never make it into production.
It’s actually not the first time VW has created a new Microbus concept. They did so 10 years ago in 2001. The company now says “the concept was sharpened, and the necessary, sustainable technologies are now at hand”, and that it’s more compact and affordable than the original concept.
This new six seater Bulli is powered by an electric engine, and as you can see from the images and video below, the dash wields an “infotainment control” consisting of a mounted Apple iPad.
The all–electric engine has an impressive range of up to 186 miles, and the car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds. Its top speed is 87 mph (electronically limited), and because it’s all-electric, it’s able to boast zero tailpipe emissions.
Because this is only a concept car at this stage, your opinion may count for something. So, what say you? Yay or Nay on the electric Bulli?