Iconic Volkswagen Bus Gets Jolt of Electricity

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It is an iconic image of the 1960s -- a bunch of hippies hanging out in a Volkswagen bus. That image could make a comeback with a 21st century twist -- electricity.

VW unveiled a concept of a new bus -- known by its German nickname, the Bulli -- at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday.

The new bus resembles the old one on the outside, but inside it is all modern. It is powered by an electric motor, and uses an iPad to control the radio, air conditioning and other functions.

Volkswagen said the Bulli can go up to 186.4 miles on a single battery charge. That's impressive, considering the all-electric Nissan Leaf is rated at just 73 miles.

The original bus was made from 1950-1967. The concept is slightly shorter and wider, with a less boxy front. But it features the three-person bench seat in the front and the two-tone paint job from the original.

Volkswagen hasn't said whether the concept will go into production.

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