The Working Man’s Micro Bus
The commercial electric van market has huge potential to explode in the coming decade, and Volkswagen definitely wants a slice of that action. the eT! Concept offers fleet consumers a capable, sustainable vehicle. With four wheel-hub motors, the all-electric concept does not get a stated range or recharge time as of yet (that will have to wait for an official unveiling.)
But it does come with some nifty, forward-thinking ideas, like a “drive-stick” located on the passenger’s side that allows the eT! Concept to be driven from either front seat. This concept can also be controlled semi-autonomously, like following another vehicle, or returning to a designated location. It also has two electronically-operated side-panel doors to make loading and unloading a little easier.
Don’t expect the eT! to make it to showroom floors anytime soon (if ever.) The world needs forward-thinking ideas like this though, and I’m sure some of these features will appeal to business owners the world over.