The Volkswagen Gen.E research vehicle has been unveiled with little fanfare at the company’s Future Mobility Days 2017 event.
The German automaker hasn’t released many details about the Gen.E concept. Although with its “advanced lithium-ion cells” and efficiency optimised electric motor, the Gen.E has a claimed range of over 400 kilometres.
Under the skin, the Gen.E features a “lightweight architecture [that has] been designed for maximum crash safety including the battery”.
Most interestingly, the Gen.E can be recharged via a specially designed robot, which the company is developing to work in underground and multi-storey car parks to help automatically connect electric vehicles up for recharging.
The robot can hook the car up to juice via one of its two charging ports.
The research car may also provide some clues about the look of the eighth-generation Golf, although it’s safe to assume the gull wing doors and aerodynamically efficient pass-through C-pillar won’t be making the transition to any production vehicle.
Volkswagen used its media day for Future Mobility Days 2017 to also show off its latest autonomous driving and safety systems. On top of this, it demonstrated air humidification hardware, vehicle data mining, Liquid Crystal on Silicone headlights, and a proposed Barcelona Smart Shuttle service.