BUDD-e is a peek at what future technologies Volkswagen are interested in pursuing and can be seen as a thought experiment, in essence a pure concept.
Inside of BUDD-e is a hypermodern lounge space with reconfigurable seating and huge touchscreen panels. Buttons have been largely replaced with gesture controls and smooth touch capacitive surfaces with variable haptic feedback.
BUDD-e is the first Volkswagen design to use the automaker’s new modular “MEB” electric car architecture. The MEB platform uses a thin, flat 101kWh battery pack that takes up most of the floor space between the front and rear axles. In BUDD-e, two electric motors mounted front and rear provide all-wheel-drive motivation to a claimed top speed of 93 mph and a range of 373 miles. And in the future, Volkswagen suggest the batteries will only take 15 minutes to get 80 per cent charge.
The platform maximizes interior space, with HVAC equipment nestled ahead of the front axle and the wheelbase stretched to the far corners of the 181-inch overall length of the vehicle. Like VW’s modular MQB platform for conventional gasoline-powered cars, MEB is envisioned as a way to use one platform across numerous sizes and types of vehicles.