Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Volkswagen reveals electric microbus

Volkswagen reveals electric microbus

VOLKSWAGEN HAS CONFIRMED its I.D. Buzz concept auto will become the brand's first full-electric van and will go on-sale in 2022.

Volkswagen (vlkpf) has announced that it will produce an electric version of its Microbus, the iconic, bug-eyed "hippy bus" most often associated with free-wheeling road trips to Woodstock.

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept interior
The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept interior

The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz.

The microbus is one of America's most beloved vehicles. With all these American retro vibes among young adults, Volkswagen chose to relaunch an improved and electric version of the microbus, promoting road trips in old-school vehicles under the under the hashtag #vanlife. Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess outlined a plan to bring the Buzz to North American, European, and Chinese markets.

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The 2022 VW Microbus will be based on VW's new electric modular platform, which is set to hold up VW's electric lineup starting with a hatchback in 2020. And the company said it would make a commercial van version of the vehicle called the I.D. Buzz Cargo, which would compete in a flourishing segment against models such as the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster.

"This vehicle is the flawless balance between emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership".

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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. Image Credit: Volkswagen / Fox NewsIt "looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV", Diess said. Volkswagen wants to introduce a completely self-driving system, by 2025.

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