The New VW Bus is Back! And it’s Electric

A few weeks ago Volkswagen announced that they’re planning on selling a production version of their I.D. Buzz concept electric vehicle in 2022 for the United States, Europe and China. This time it’s electric and it’s called the Volkswagen ID Buzz. VW goal is clear: they want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. They want the iconic car of the electric age to be a Volkswagen. It looks great and will have most likely the best , although we are not sure that the hippie VW Van fanatics will love the futuristic design and will be nostalgic of the older one.

 

“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’,”

Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said in Pebble Beach. The Board of Management chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement because, as Diess explained:

“The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.”

Just like the concept car that was shown in Detroit, the production model will also have its batteries mounted in the vehicle floor. Because the electric drive components — electric motor, power electronics, and such —don’t take up much space, the vehicle has a long wheelbase with short overhangs, allowing for a massively spacious interior and great proportions. “The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV,” Diess explained.

CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen, Hinrich J. Woebcken added: “We are delighted that our parent company has taken the decision to produce the I.D. BUZZ. This vehicle is the perfect balance between emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership. The high seating position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is just what our customers want from us. And it’s the perfect fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle.”

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