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Volkswagen brings back the Microbus as an electric vehicle: Bulli

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Volkswagen revives its iconic Microbus as an all-electric camper called "Bulli."

Volkswagen all-electric Bulli

Volkswagen takes us back to the summer of love by reviving the Microbus, one of the automaker's most iconic vehicles. Except this time, the Bulli -- as it's called in Germany -- is going all-electric.

Displayed at the Geneva Auto Show,  the revived 6-seat camper concept is powered by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery, has a top speed of 87 mph,  0-62mph acceleration in 11.5 seconds, and a range of about 186 miles. While that's not enough range for someone who truly wants to hit the road, the car manufacturer promises that the 85 Kw electric motor can be charged in less than an hour at an electric charging station.

Like the original, the car is finished in two-tone paint with the classic VW logo on its hood, and it also comes with a transparent roof this time around. The bus has bench like seats which can be folded into a bed; and for a true 21-st century touch -- an iPad works to control the vehicle's entire communications and electronics systems. There's no option of spending hours fidgeting with radio knobs here.

While the vehicle is still a concept at this point, Volkswagen says that both a gasoline and diesel tank can also be fitted under the hood (which would give drivers a few more options in terms of destinations).

No price points have been disclosed yet, but we're definitely excited about the ride.

Via Independent

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Ami Cholia

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Contributing Editor Ami Cholia has written for AltTransport, Inhabitat, The Huffington Post and Sunday Mid Day in India. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure