volkswagen unveils retro-futuristic type 20 electric concept microbus

volkswagen unveils retro-futuristic type 20 electric concept microbus

volkswagen has unveiled a unique concept car that combines the german car manufacturer’s heritage with futuristic technology. dubbed the type 20, the car celebrates 20-plus years of innovation and the launch of the new innovation and engineering center in california (IECC) — the largest volkswagen vehicle research facility outside of germany.

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built from a 1962 type 2 11-window microbus, the volkswagen type 20 has been converted to electric power and showcases a variety of experimental elements, both tactile objects and interactive electronics. the unique concept embodies volkswagen’s history of combining future innovation with iconic heritage, much like the upcoming ID. BUZZ. it features a full BEV drivetrain, including a 10 kWh battery, 2,500-watt onboard charger, and an electric motor that produces 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. it also has a custom-designed active pneumatic suspension developed with porsche that adjusts the vehicle’s ride height via software allowing the type 20 to actually rise as the driver approaches.

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experimenting with biometric vehicle access, the volkswagen type 20 includes a real-time facial recognition system integrated with the digital assistant to enroll and identify users. the system leverages a 720p wide-angle camera integrated into the driver’s-side second window. working with autodesk, volkswagen designers created custom wheels, rearview-mirror supports, and interior support elements using generative design—a process focused on maximizing strength while minimizing weight, which mimics natural evolution to create organic shapes.

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‘we are excited to move into our next chapter as the IECC, to continue designing innovations that will bring the volkswagen group vehicles into the future with cutting-edge technology,’ said nikolai reimer, senior vice president of the IECC. ‘the type 20 is a fantastic example of how we celebrate our heritage while striving to advance our technology.’


the type 20 will be on display at the IECC to celebrate the company’s two-decade history in silicon valley, alongside other installations that include past prototypes, project artifacts and historic vehicles.

volkswagen type 20 all electric 1962 microbus designboom

volkswagen unveils retro-futuristic type 20 electric concept microbus

volkswagen unveils retro-futuristic type 20 electric concept microbus

volkswagen unveils retro-futuristic type 20 electric concept microbus



project info:


name: volkswagen type 20 concept car

company: volkswagen

  • That is dreadful. It is as if everybody in the decision chain said; “Who cares!?” when it came time for paint. Electric I understand, but the rest looks as if it was done on ‘kid’s day’ in a maker lab. Ever since the 80’s, VW seems to have direction and QC issues their other holdings do not.

    Jimmy Xi says:
  • Looks like Overhaulin’ done by Misfit Garage after to much Miller and Cinnamon Tekillya !!!

    Earl Simins says:
  • I must admit that the ‘3d’ wheels, mirrors and steering wheel are ridiculous and ugly. They don’t save on materials and are so reminiscent of wood victorian styled homes in the U.S. that had a lot of lathed wood work adorning them because the lathe had been invented. ‘We can do this so lets do it’. What a waste of money.

    Ron Smith says:

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