Autocar is reporting that the seven-seater could be one of five electric models Volkswagen wants to introduce by 2020. Volkswagen is basing the production version of the BUDD-e on the same platform as the electric iD hatchback seen at the Paris Motor Show in September. The flexible MEB platform resembles Mercedes-Benz's electric A- and B-class concepts in that it houses the batteries inside the sandwich-like floorpan, affording a flat floor to anything built on the platform. Compared to the iD, the bus version would have a longer wheelbase and wider track.
The electric motor would be housed adjacent to the rear axle, and the vehicle would be first and foremost rear-wheel-drive, with available all-wheel-drive if an electric prop shaft and front-mounted electric motors were utilized. The iD hatchback is slated for production in 2019, spearheading Volkswagen's new transition to full electric power; a seven-seater minivan version would make for a solid companion.