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Volkswagen Electric Concept Teased on Video Before CES Debut

Hints at internet-connected car.

Volkswagen has released another brief teaser of the electric concept car that it will reveal next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Though the video itself doesn’t show too much more of the concept car, Volkswagen hints that the vehicle will show off new technologies that use “The Internet of Things” to make cars “more and more intelligent.”

The video shows that the Volkswagen CES concept will have the same wide, chrome-bar grille design seen in an earlier teaser photo. Out back, narrow taillights extend upward at either side of the rear window, with a thin chrome strip across the liftgate connecting the taillights. Volkswagen previously said the all-electric concept car will herald, “a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility.”

It’s possible the concept car could be the long-awaited revival of the Volkswagen Microbus (see concepts pictured below), which reports in April suggested could debut on the company’s MQB flexible architecture (used for the Golf and Audi A3) with an alternate-fuel powertrain.

Volkswagen will likely use the concept car’s debut at CES to reveal its future plans for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to distance itself from the specter of its diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen currently sells the e-Golf electric car in the U.S. and has shown several plug-in hybrid concepts over the years.

Stay tuned for more details on the Volkswagen electric concept next week.

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