Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The VW Microbus Returns

I have driven two different VW Microbuses in the past--my mom's 1971 Camper and a working bus in 1973 to make early morning deliveries. They were fun--but slow--and very cool.

Now, VW is showing a concept of a new model for today's world. It's smaller, and has an electric motor doing the work -- in front. The concept car's electric motor puts out 85 kW of power and an impressive 199 lb.-ft of torque. The Bulli (as the Germans have always called the Microbus), is said to be able to travel 186 miles on a charge. That would be plenty for most people.

And how about 0 to 62 mph in just 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 87 mph? That's a new one for me.

Let's hope they make it and start selling it soon. Groovy!


j said...


McWong said...

My father bought a VW Bus as our first new (not used) car, when I was in high school -- it's the car I learned to drive in.

We loved it. The truck-driver large nearly-horizontal steering wheel, the passenger capacity (critical: I was the oldest of 9!), and - best of all - the fun of driving in the school parking lot right up to the side of the school building and stopping just a foot from it -- which was also a foot and six inches from you! The front-seat passenger always screamed! It was great!