The Volkswagen Chameleon concept is based on the 1964 Microbus and showcases the latest in electronics and electric-car technology. Volkswagen's Electroniconics Research Laboratory (ERL), located in Palo Alto, California has taken a 1964 Deluxe Microbus and retrofitted it with a collection of cutting edge technologies.
The concept vehicle, dubbed the Chameleon, uses roof-mounted surfboards lined with flexible solar panels that provide an additional source of energy to this 100% electric vehicle.
The engine in the Microbus has been replaced with an all-electric drive engine powered with lithium polymer batteries in collaboration with Hybrid Technologies. The exterior features keyless entry, LED lighting and wide-angle parking cameras. The interior has an interactive digital instrument cluster, embedded touch pads and speech-activated controls.