VW Gen.E Concept Looks Like A Futuristic Golf, Features A Robot Charger

Volkswagen has unveiled the Gen.E research vehicle at the Future Mobility Days event in Germany.

Looking like a futuristic Golf three-door hatchback, the concept has an aerodynamic exterior with sculpted bodywork, a rakish windshield, and special alloy wheels. The car also has flush-mounted door handles and what appears to be video pods that replace the side mirrors. Other highlights include LED daytime running lights, unique side windows, and an open charging port on the hood.

Volkswagen didn’t have much to say about the car but noted it rides on a lightweight architecture that has been “designed for maximum crash safety.”

Power is provided by a high-tech battery which uses “advanced lithium-ion cells” that give the car a range in excess of 400 km (248 miles). The battery feeds an “optimized” electric motor but the company declined to reveal performance specifications.

One of the more interesting aspects about the Gen.E is the fact that it was designed to work with mobile robots. As Volkswagen explains, they are working on robots that will automatically connect charging cables to electric vehicles for added convenience. The robots are envisioned to be used in underground parking garages and multi-story car parks.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    This is pretty nice but I think I liked their other electric Golf concept better.

  • eb110americana

    VW needs to dump some chlorine in the gene pool. Even their concepts are boring and predictable.

  • Jake

    Side profile makes the new Polo look old, something like this would have been a proper step.

  • KidRed

    Profile is great. I just wonder how they’ll handle those wings on the sides? Will they remove them and widen the interior cabin? Or remove them and leave the narrowing cabin? I can’t imagine they’d go to production with paper thin wings flanking both sides of the car. Those won’t hold up long term.

    I also don’t like the idea of losing side mirrors to LCD screens for a variety of obvious reasons.

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