Volkswagen Bulli Van Concept Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

Posted on Mar 1 2011 - 12:06am by Thomas Sharp

If you are/were a fan of the original VW vans then prepare to meet the modern day version, a concept named ‘bulli’ – a muscular and technology filled van that is hoping to wow crowds when the Geneva motor show opens its doors to the public tomorrow.

This is not the first time that VW have tried the modern day mini-van concept; back in 2001 they unveiled the Microbus which despite support from consumers never went into production. Thankfully the Bulli will hope to put a polished look and feel on the 1950’s and indeed noughties models – from these pictures it certainly looks like they have succeeded.

More on the specs after the photos:

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The Bulli features four standard opening doors, a far cry from the original sliding doors seen on past models. It will also be powered by an electric motor making it an eco friendly van which calls back to hippie roots. One thing that isn’t bohemian is the iPad based infotainment system, very snazzy indeed.

VW says that the Bulli has an impressive 186.4 mile range running on an 88 KW electric motor, not bad when you consider its running off of lithium-ion battery packs. Another impressive stat is that is only takes an hour to recharge from a fast-charge socket (no specs on a standard 3 pin though).

Some media outlets have said that the Bulli is a bit of slouch on paper as the top speed is only 87 mph and takes 11.5 seconds to get to 60 from a standing start. We’d say that’s not too shabby for an electric van of this size.

Other modern touches include the new LED lights; vibrant styling and VW have also revealed that their 1.0 liter and 1.4 liter power plants may be used alongside the electric motor.

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