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Volkswagen BUDD-e Microbus

We have seen the future of electric minibuses, and it's the Volkswagen BUDD-e. This futuristic, all-electric vehicle boasts a modular architecture that features a 101 kWh battery hidden within the floor, an electric motor up front, and another in the rear. A quick-charge system enables the battery to be charged to 80% capacity in a mere 15-minutes. You can also use its electric drive system to power other items, such as controlling a smart home, or even running an interactive smart office setup. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here for more images of the BUDD-e.

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Chop Top Beetle

Chopping the tops off vehicles goes back to the early days of the hot rod scene, and is essentially an attempt to reduce the front profile while increasing its speed potential. To start the process, the vehicle's pillars and windows are cut down, lowering the overall roof line. Some dry lake racers chop the tops in extreme fashion, so the windows are mere inches tall, making them "mail slot" windows. In the example above, we have a chopped Volkwsagen Beetle, complete with a wide fender kit. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very talented little girl playing the entire Back to the Future orchestra theme.

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Volkswagen Stretch Microbus

Not just any 1965 Volkswagen Microbus, this one has been transformed into a limousine of sorts by an internet user who goes by "Aspen247". It's currently on the market for $220,000 and took 2-years to complete. Everything is brand new, including a 2180cc engine, and there's just 1,600 miles on the odometer to boot. Worried about space? You'll be glad to know that it comfortably seats 12 adults, who are all able to enjoy the views from its 33 windows. Continue reading for more pictures.

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1967 VW Camper ICON

The first generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 with the split windshield, informally called the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie among modern fans, was produced from 8 March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. ICON 4x4 renovated one of these classic vehicles by adding a few modern upgrades, like USB charging ports, a Bluetooth sound system, LED lights, a removable table, and most importantly, air conditioning. It also sports custom cabinetry work on the inside. They swapped the original motor in favor of one from a Volkswagen Jetta. The strap-on ARB roof tent turns it into a mobile home of sorts. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the evolution of Super Mario.

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Electric Volkswagen Beetle

It looks like a 1958-1966 Volkswagen Bug on the outside, but under the hood? It's a zero-emission, 100% electric-powered vehicle by San Diego-based Zelectric Motors. Owner David Benardo sources parts from EV West, a shop specializing in selling components for high-performance electric race cars, and then installs two lithium-ion battery packs on the Bugs - one under the front and another behind the backseats, thus replacing the gasoline engine with a Zelectric drivetrain. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

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Bett Mobil Volkswagen Camper

Why bother with a giant RV for road trips, when you could just get a Bett Mobile for your Volkswagen Transporter. This nifty accessory transforms the van into a full-fledged camper, which includes an upper slide-out bedroom that fits inside the tailgate, a wash area module w/sink + 20L fresh water tank, a 10L waste water tank, 50L compressor fridge, and a storage compartment for a camping toilet. The cooking module sports a canister stove and storage space for all your cooking tools. An optional outdoor kitchen is also available. A total camper package will set you back anywhere from $13,144 to $16,865. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Tesla P85D owner who managed to go 452.8-miles on a single charge.

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Volkswagen XL1 vs Veyron

The Volkswagen XL1 doesn't look like a typical hybrid, with its Lambo-style doors and all, but the vehicle does make great use of its 27 horsepower electric motor paired with a 47 horsepower two-cylinder engine. With a zero to sixty time of 12.1 seconds, it can achieve 261 miles per gallon. Even with those numbers, the guys over at Top Gear Poland pit it against a Bugatti Veyron. Continue reading to see what happened.

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VW Transporter Doubleback

Overlander Motorhomes takes a stock 2.0TDI 140PS Long Wheelbase T5 van, then adds its patented DoubleBack pod package to create a home on wheels. While driving, the pod stays nestled inside the back of the vehicle, but once the driver stops and decides they'd like to stay some place, it electrically extends out of the rear in under 45 seconds at the push of a button, adding approximately 6.5-feet of useable interior space. Plus, there are two legs that fold out from the bottom of the pod to support up to 1,323-pounds. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Volkswagen California

From the outside, the Volkswagen California looks like a normal Transporter van, but it can quickly become the perfect camper. The vehicle offers comfortable seating for up to 7 people, complete with several that can accommodate 5, an LED lit pop-top is included for even more space, dual-burner gas range, and even a kitchen sink. The California will be is available in your choice of a TDI or TSI engine across three different lines dubbed the Beach, Coast and Ocean. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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VW T1 Camper Van Tent

This VW T1 Camper Van looks like the real deal at first glance from afar, but get closer, and you'll see it's actually a functional tent, perfect for those warm summer nights out in the wilderness. It's an officially licensed full-sized replica of the 1965 Volkswagen Camper Van that many are familiar with. Setting it up is a breeze, and can sleep up to 4 people comfortably, making it perfect for small families. Available in four different colors, there are also two zipper separated double size rooms for privacy. Get it here now. Continue reading for two videos, including one on how to set it up, and more information.

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