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  • Latest iPad Accessory: an Electric VW Bus


    The put-an-iPad-in-your-car trend hasn't really caught on, and that's kind of a shame. The iPad really does make an ideal instrument panel/car audio controller, but implementations to date haven't been that impressive. However, Volkswagen has been turning heads at the Geneva Auto Show with it's 21st century re-imagining of the VW Bus as an electric vehicle with a built-in iPad, and the way they implemented it is drawing raves.

    Volkswagen's concept car is called the Bulli, which is what the VW Bus was called in West Germany when it was first released in 1950. It shares the bench seats and two-tone paint job of its namesake but other than that and the big VW logo on the front, it bears no resemblance to the original. This is a four-door city car, rather than a minivan, and what's more it has an all-electric drivetrain. Its 113 horsepower electric motor gets the Bulli from 0 to 60 in about 11 seconds, almost twice as fast as its namesake. It has a top speed of 87 mph, and the 40 kWh lithium ion battery pack gives it a range of 185.4 miles.



    The iPad can be docked to a mount on the dash that swivels so that it faces either the driver or the front seat passenger. It can also be removed so the folks in the back can use it to access the same multifunctional display that's behind the steering wheel: the speedometer, navigation system, telephone and trip computer are all available on the iPad. You can also use it to control the vehicle's "media center," including the sound system designed by Fender, the American guitar and amplifier manufacturer.

    The Bulli is only a concept car, but VW did tell attendees of the Geneva Auto Show that direct-injection versions of the automaker's gasoline and diesel powerplants, in displacements of from 1.0 liters to 1.4 liters, could fit inside the engine compartment. So it's possible that we could see a production version of this vehicle... eventually. The popular New Beetle first appeared in auto shows as a concept in the early 1990s, years before it rolled off showroom floors.




    Source: Engadget, images via Volkswagen
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Latest iPad Accessory: an Electric VW Bus started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Sweet cars and apple
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      this is just the beginning of Apple ! More is coming
    1. Thelongamer's Avatar
      Thelongamer -
      Wow that's pretty nifty. I'd totally get one, love VW and apple products so do the math you got yourself a fun ride! Plus electric! That's intuitive love the future haha
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Badass
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Just as using a handheld phone is illegal while driving, how long before using a Tablet while driving is illegal? Or maybe it is already?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      People suck enough as it is with driving. They don't need anything else in their line of thought.
    1. joe97's Avatar
      joe97 -
      the iPad incorporated in the car is cool, actually I think it's pretty awesome, but I'm still not sold on any electric car...what is it that I heard something like the Volt gets 40 or so miles on a full charge but 290 some odd on a full tank of gas..hmmm.....plus forget about towing or carrying anything of any size--
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by joe97 View Post
      the iPad incorporated in the car is cool, actually I think it's pretty awesome, but I'm still not sold on any electric car...what is it that I heard something like the Volt gets 40 or so miles on a full charge but 290 some odd on a full tank of gas..hmmm.....plus forget about towing or carrying anything of any size--
      Electric cars are useless unless the power comes from off-grid. Otherwise the energy is still made using fossil fuels.
    1. joe97's Avatar
      joe97 -
      ^^ yup ^^
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Pretty snazzy looking.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Not a big fan of the latest vehicles that look like boxes.... But this is an exception.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea but VW had the box look before Scion.

      VW vans are always a classic.
    1. DinoDrew's Avatar
      DinoDrew -
      Pretty awesome
      I still like how the old Volkswagen bus looks rather than the new model
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Yea but VW had the box look before Scion.

      VW vans are always a classic.
      NEGATIVE!!! Volkswagen has never made anything that Is as square as the Scion. Don't get me wrong, they may have been a little boxy.... But the edges were a lot more tapered off than they are these days. The old school bus was more like a Twinkie. The new Scion's are like a "BOX". yet, this is my opinion.... But I see a difference between the two. /Especially/ since today's vehicles are more about being smooth and aerodynamic.
    1. iphoneadam's Avatar
      iphoneadam -
      My GTI would pretty much smoke anybody's auto/bike around here
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      NEGATIVE!!! Volkswagen has never made anything that Is as square as the Scion. Don't get me wrong, they may have been a little boxy.... But the edges were a lot more tapered off than they are these days.
      True

      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneadam View Post
      My GTI would pretty much smoke anybody's auto/bike around here
      I miss my GTI but the winters here sucked because I had no winter car. So traded it in for a Jetta.
    1. thrash907's Avatar
      thrash907 -
      ill take the bike
    1. rickieschelfo's Avatar
      rickieschelfo -
      There have been people putting Mac mini's and iPad's in their cars since they came out. There is a website devoted to carputers that could use some creative minds from here to create apps or a front end that is usable. check out mp3car.com and look in the forums under MacCar.
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneadam View Post
      My GTI would pretty much smoke anybody's auto/bike around here
      I doubt that.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneadam View Post
      My GTI would pretty much smoke anybody's auto/bike around here
      You do realize that there are people around here that actually race cars and bikes? I highly doubt that your mid-size sports car could beat even a 250cc bike. No offense.