Volkswagen is stepping up its game in the EV space.
The German automaker is aiming to introduce more than 30 electrified vehicles by 2025, and to sell two to three million of them a year, in response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
To show it’s serious electric cars, Volkswagen has been rolling out a series of concept vehicles, like the BUDD-e electric microbus shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which you can see above.
The BUDD-e is meant as a modern spin on a beloved Volkswagen classic, but it’s doubtful it would have the same appeal as the classic Volkswagen Microbus, also known as the Kombi, if it were to go into production.
Picture Credit:Ken Simms
Could this really be it? Going to work, staring into a computer screen for hours every day so I could have health insurance and pay for a house increasingly boxed in by newly constructed townhouses? Then returning home so depleted I just wanted to escape via my TV screen?
Back in 2009, that screen presented the PBS National Parks series by documentarian Ken Burns. I was struck by the fact that this country has set aside millions of acres of diverse, pristine wilderness for its own sake, and it registered deeply. We have 59 of these treasures right here in America. As I watched, I started to list all of the parks I’d been to — and all that I hadn’t.
Article source: http://crosscut.com/2016/08/national-parks-visiting-all-59/
The fridge on my Volkswagen Westfalia can be a wonderful thing that you love having along, or a sour disappointment that plagues your trip. The difference? Circulating some air inside the damn thing.
The odd little fridge in my VW runs off of electricity, or propane. It seems not to care if you are using supplied electricity, its own alternator, or the propane, the cooling fins inside the cold box get cold but didn’t cool the box down. Problem is, very little air moves around them and it takes a long time for the cooling element to chill the contents of the box.
THEY are real showstoppers, the kind of retro vehicles that turn heads. I’m talking, of course, of the classic VW Campervan, you know those super cute wee bubble campervans you see easing around Scotland’s roads.
I’ve long been a fan of camping and campervans, indeed I’m the author of Cool Camping: Scotland. There really is something special about these air-cooled classics, which hark back to the 1960s and 1970s.
We hired our VW campervan from Vintage VW Campers in Falkirk. The lovely owners, Richie and Ishbel, have a real passion for their little fleet of vans and had my wife and I, plus our two wee girls, enthused before we headed off on our weekend adventure with ‘Ziggy’. Here are 7 reasons you too should take a vintage VW campervan for a tour around Scotland.
Depending whether you’re skipping rocks along Lake Superior or spinning a glowing rave hula hoop at Burning Man, you might have very different ideas of what it means to camp. Having witnessed the four-day Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee last week, and also being an avid camper in the traditional sense, I have noticed the intricacies of both.
When posed head-to-head, our “Campers Report Card” might surprise you.
Campgrounds (and the backcountry) are a more purist realm of the outdoors, with folks mostly there for the peace and calm of nature. Festival goers, on the other hand, embrace a raucous, ‘if you need it, it will fall from the sky’ camping mentality – plus go-go boots. More on this later.
It might seem obvious who the award for better camper goes to, but it’s not that simple. Here’s a rundown of where each ‘camp’ excels:
Article source: https://gearjunkie.com/festival-campers-vs-rugged-campers
Lakeport Bryce Allemann’s 1967 Volkswagen bus isn’t just a piece of history — it’s a connection to his past, to his family.
In the 1970s, he and his brother and sister piled into the Westfalia Tin Top Walkthrough for family hiking and camping trips up and down the California coast. First, the Volkswagen belonged to Allemann’s grandparents, but when they grew too old to keep it running, his parents received the car. For a number of years the car sat broken down and unused, until Allemann obtained his driver’s license. His father said he could drive the bus if he fixed it up. So Allemann got to work.
Article source: http://www.record-bee.com/article/NQ/20160621/NEWS/160629967
It looks like someone has wheeled a vintage van into the bedroom. In a way they have as the Circu Bun Van Bed is as close to the real thing as you will get indoors.
Your eyes do not deceive you, this is a bed, but it looks like an old school VW. It is the work of Portuguese manufacturer Circu, which is producing a limited number of these, primarily aimed at children.
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THIS JOURNEY INCLUDED three ferry trips, but it can still be classed as a road trip, right? Let’s just say yes. Here’s my best road trip.
Article source: http://www.thejournal.ie/best-road-trip-2711803-Apr2016/
Calling all Volkswagen aficionados: this delightful, matching Microbus and camper van just might be the best vintage VW set up we’ve seen yet.
Recently sold at auction for $159,500 and first reported by Outside Magazine, the restored van is a highly sought-after, 23-window 1963 Microbus in its original two-tone color of turquoise and blue white. This beauty has all the whistles, like a safari windshield, full-length sunroof, and 50-brake horsepower four-cylinder engine.