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VW Camper is coming back, as an EV

April 2, 2015

Volkswagen is working on bringing the Volkswagen Camper van back to the market, albeit this time as an electric vehicle, reveals a new report from Autocar. The Camper model sold earlier was converted from the Transporter and the modifications were done by a German contractor – Westfalia-Werke.

Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management (Volkswagen brand), said at the 2015 New York International Auto Show that the VW engineers and designers were working on a new Camper van featuring a small electric motor that is powered by battery packs stored under the floor and powers the front wheels, says the report. The company will keep three important factors in mind to follow the “iconic” design: first the wide, solid D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section, and third, a front end with a very short overhang, suggests the report.

As the van will be an electric vehicle, it will be possible for the company to keep the front-end very close to the A-pillar as there won’t be a conventional petrol engine under the hood. An electric motor requires notably lower space than a conventional petrol engine does. This will allow for making the van very boxy, much like a large-sized Japanese Kei car.

The German automaker announced last month that the sixth-generation Transporter (T6) will be unveiled on April 15. Like before, the new Camper van could be based on the latest Transporter, with design and styling inspired from the Bulli concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and modifications done by Volkswagen itself this time.

Source: Autocar

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