Volkswagen just re-released everyone’s favorite hippy-van…but now it’s electric.

  • metta

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    Sep 20, 2015 4:05 AM GMT
    Volkswagen just re-released everyone’s favorite hippy-van…but now it’s electric.


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    http://www.offgridquest.com/uncategorised/volkswagen-just-re-released-everyones-fa


    I wish they would have given this one a little more retro look to it.
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    Sep 20, 2015 1:16 PM GMT
    I saw this earlier in the week. The vehicle in your picture was a concept that came out years ago and never went anywhere. Confused why there is zero official mention of this from VW themselves.
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    Sep 20, 2015 3:27 PM GMT
    Where's the daisy's, flowers and 'Peace signs'? For a Hippy, this electric car is 'Shocking'!
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    Sep 20, 2015 3:38 PM GMT
    the shape (body design) will have to change for the concept of a electric vehicles to succeed. A successful moderate high curb weight electric suv not possible w/ current technology

    post needs a pic tho (hope this is the vehicle):
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    Sep 20, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    I owned a VW minibus, in Westphalia camper form. With the pop-up roof that created a bed up there. And had wood cabinets inside, another bed below, a 12/115V cooler, and full window curtains. I drove it all through Texas, and into Oklahoma and Arkansas. I sold it because it was too hot inside for my first son when he was born, and was probably totally unsafe in a major crash. I wish I had it now.
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    Sep 20, 2015 4:11 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI owned a VW minibus, in Westphalia camper form. With the pop-up roof that created a bed up there. And had wood cabinets inside, another bed below, a 12/115V cooler, and full window curtains. I drove it all through Texas, and into Oklahoma and Arkansas. I sold it because it was too hot inside for my first son when he was born, and was probably totally unsafe in a major crash. I wish I had it now.


    I had my eye on one when I was first driving too... parents forbade it because of the vulnerability in a crash. It was unrivaled in its use of space at the time, and would still make a nifty layout for a towable (although a towable with four wheels on the ground would probably be hard to control).

    You and I talked about towing Airstreams a long time ago. Did you see the camper my BF and I settled on? Haven't bought one yet, but we picked the model.
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    Sep 20, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    Make that "hippie" bus, youngsters. We used to pitch a tent inside one, go out into the wilds of the Midwest and pick pot, throw it inside the tent, and then zip up the tent and roll off back to the fraternity to clean and "process" our crop. Of course you had to smoke about 20 joints to get off, but it was a lot of fun.
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    Sep 20, 2015 11:33 PM GMT
    It's going to be smaller, similar to the Bulli concept car they showed a few years ago:

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    more like a cross-over version of a Golf
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    Sep 21, 2015 12:10 AM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said
    You and I talked about towing Airstreams a long time ago. Did you see the camper my BF and I settled on? Haven't bought one yet, but we picked the model.

    No. I have some knowledge of towable campers, owned a couple, would enjoy seeing it, or a link.
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    Sep 21, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ShiftyJK08 said
    You and I talked about towing Airstreams a long time ago. Did you see the camper my BF and I settled on? Haven't bought one yet, but we picked the model.

    No. I have some knowledge of towable campers, owned a couple, would enjoy seeing it, or a link.


    This is what we want:

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    here is a classified for one which has better interior pictures than the manufacturer's site.

    We landed on this because I wanted something low-weight and low-profile, but the BF does not want a standard pop-up. This was the compromise. The "dormers", which are a recently developed option, became not-optional when we sat in it... he's 6' tall and without the dormers you can't put more than one person on either side of the table.

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    Sep 21, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    Timbales saidIt's going to be smaller, similar to the Bulli concept car they showed a few years ago:

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    more like a cross-over version of a Golf


    From the wording of the article, I took it that none of the photos included (including the first one that Metta posted) was the current concept... they haven't released any drawings yet. Also, vw.com has zero mention of this.
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    Sep 21, 2015 4:26 AM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said
    Art_Deco said
    ShiftyJK08 said
    You and I talked about towing Airstreams a long time ago. Did you see the camper my BF and I settled on? Haven't bought one yet, but we picked the model.

    No. I have some knowledge of towable campers, owned a couple, would enjoy seeing it, or a link.

    This is what we want:

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    here is a classified for one which has better interior pictures than the manufacturer's site.

    We landed on this because I wanted something low-weight and low-profile, but the BF does not want a standard pop-up. This was the compromise. The "dormers", which are a recently developed option, became not-optional when we sat in it... he's 6' tall and without the dormers you can't put more than one person on either side of the table.

    Not bad. I know them, has the advantage of being fairly wind resistant in a storm, which other pop-up trailers aren't. Kinda small, but if you've been inside and it meets your needs, great. I'm guessing doesn't need a brake controller, either.

    Now here's a pop-up (tent) trailer that I owned. About 24 feet when opened, 16 when closed to the hitch. Weighed about 3500 pounds, so your vehicle had to be Class III rated, with an electric brake controller.

    It had a king-size bed at one end, a queen at the other, that friends often shared. Also a slide-out dinette in the back that you can't see, that could also sleep 2. With this optional awning & screen room it was about 12 feet wide when open.

    It had a full bathroom with shower, hot water heater, gas furnace, A/C, microwave, 3-way refrigerator, 3 burner gas stove, on-demand sink with pump.

    I like the pop-up concept because it's low enough to see over in a rear-view mirror from most tow vehicles, relatively light, very stable when towing and resistant to cross winds (if you distribute the weight inside it correctly). What I liked about my tent version (versus your hardside) was the open screening on 3 sides when I wanted it. But it was fragile in heavy weather.

    I prefer tenting, how I was raised as a little kid, what I did throughout my Army career. In fact, I got my first tent trailers when I was still in the Army, swapping between Army tents and my own tent. And I also tented off my motorcycles, including along the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. I also used to camp along the Puget Sound, and catch Dungeness Crab for dinner. YUM!!!

    I love to feel the evening breezes blowing over me, to hear the nightime sounds of insects and animals, the wind in the trees That's why I don't like fully hardside trailers and motorhomes, that are like motel rooms on wheels. Why go in the woods if you're walled off?

    Yours is a compromise, and may do very nicely. I like the dormers. You have to start somewhere. After your first, like mine, you'll learn more, and decide where to go next. Good luck to you!

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    Sep 21, 2015 12:39 PM GMT
    Picture didn't come through icon_sad.gif I'm curious how you rig up a bathroom in a pop-up. We elected to not have one because the option for this particular line is a cassette toilet in the room with everybody else. We don't plan on going anywhere that doesn't have a bathroom, so not a big deal. It does have a water heater and a spigot outdoors so I will rig up a shower out back as needed. GVWR is 1,500 pounds, so I could pull it with my current Jeep with the addition of an oil cooler, but I'm still planning to get a Wrangler. Electric brakes come standard with it.

    We both have camped our whole lives... his family had a slide-in for a pickup, augmented by tents which is where he ended up. My family had three pop-ups, each more elaborate than the last, and then two box travel trailers. What I observed was that the bigger the trailer got, the shorter the distances my father was willing to tow it The last one was delivered to a campsite about an hour from their home and remained there; they traveled to it when they felt like using it, and the campground would tow it to the site.

    I can relate to your comment about the big screens and breezes... fortunately with the "dormers" on this you'll get a bit of that. I also plan to bring one of those 10x10 screen rooms along. I've found that (other than in the rain) I spend very little time inside the camper anyway other than sleeping.
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    Sep 21, 2015 7:55 PM GMT
    It's good that it's electric! VW may be fined up to $18 billion for diesel fraud

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/18/us-usa-volkswagen-idUSKCN0RI1VK20150918
  • fitone

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    Sep 22, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    I wanted to get a westfalia. Now I'm embarrassed to drive my TDI wagon. VW will have to jump through hoops to get me to buy another one!
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    Sep 22, 2015 5:34 AM GMT
    timmm55 saidIt's good that it's electric! VW may be fined up to $18 billion for diesel fraud

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/18/us-usa-volkswagen-idUSKCN0RI1VK20150918
    Can you blame them? They've been struggling to stay in the market (without bailouts) ever since their remake of the Beetle did the flop.
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    Sep 22, 2015 6:42 AM GMT
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    timmm55 saidIt's good that it's electric! VW may be fined up to $18 billion for diesel fraud

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/18/us-usa-volkswagen-idUSKCN0RI1VK20150918
    Can you blame them? They've been struggling to stay in the market (without bailouts) ever since their remake of the Beetle did the flop.


    Huh? They are German if course. GM and Chrysler got bailouts. But not Ford.
    We didn't bail out any German auto companies. Although Chrysler is essentially a sub of Fiat.

    A few years ago VW said they were going to be the biggest in the word.

    Arrogance I say.
  • metta

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    Sep 23, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn Resigns Amid Diesel Scandal

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/volkswagen-ceo-resigns-martin-winterkorn_5602bf8ae4b00310edf95e0f
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    Sep 23, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    metta saidVolkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn Resigns Amid Diesel Scandal

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/volkswagen-ceo-resigns-martin-winterkorn_5602bf8ae4b00310edf95e0f


    They are setting aside $7 billion this year. Their stocks are falling, profits and sales will be deeply affected. What about next year?

    Audi's 'unintended acceleration' almost ended the company in the 80s. This is much worse.....it's proven.

    It's all about greed and avarice.
  • metta

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    Oct 05, 2015 5:26 AM GMT
    How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?


    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/upshot/how-many-deaths-did-volkswagens-deception-cause-in-us.html?partner=538