VW America unveils concept campervan in
Volkswagen Group of America has unveiled its Type 20 concept campervan to show off future technologies, including lightweight design and electric motors.
It was created from a 1962 Type 2 11-window Microbus and has been converted to electric power and showcases a variety of experimental elements. For example, it features an all-electric drivetrain, including a 10kWh battery, 2,500W on-board charger, and a 120bhp electric motor.
It also features a custom-designed active pneumatic suspension developed with Porsche, which adjusts the vehicle’s ride height via software. This allows the Type 20 to rise as the driver approaches.
It also includes a real-time facial recognition system integrated with the digital assistant to identify users from a camera in the driver’s-side second window.
Working with Autodesk, Volkswagen designers have also created custom wheels, rear view mirror supports, and interior support elements using generative design—a process focused on maximising strength while minimising weight. It also has a holographic display integrated into the dashboard, which generates 3D images without the need for specialised glasses.
“The future of the Volkswagen Group will be defined by our success in developing new technology that is designed to meet our customers’ needs,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “As we roll out the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles, innovation will increasingly define who we are.”