What once was cool is cool once more. At least that’s the case with Volkswagen’s classic microbus. Icon of the late 1960s and 70s, the “slug worm” fell out of style (apart from the surfer troop) for a number of decades, but has recently enjoyed a resurgence. Volkswagen announces it has taken the bold decision to put the ‘I.D. BUZZ‘ concept car into production with the first electric campervan to arrive in 2022.
The Volkswagen ‘I.D. BUZZ’ electric campervan is a multifunctional vehicle combining nostalgic design cues with innovative technology. The concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the wolfsburg brand and its electrifying future. Like the I.D. self driving concept car, this is also based on a modular electric drive kit.
Volkswagen claims that the ‘I.D. BUZZ’ electric campervan will be able to drive fully autonomously in future. A light press on the Volkswagen logo, and the electrically retractable steering wheel disappears into the cockpit. While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings. The overall concept combines ample space for travel with a long electric driving range.
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Although designed for a new era, the concept vehicle has been designed to fit in with its predecessors — including the original 1950 microbus.
Like the concept, the production VW van will utilize an all-electric powertrain and a number of semi-autonomous features to blend old school style with modern tech. In addition to a consumer version for North America, Europe, and China, Volkswagen will build a commercial model called the I.D. Buzz Cargo. The commercial vehicle will compete with models like the RAM ProMaster City, Nissan NV200, and Ford Tansit Connect.
The production I.D. Buzz will boast a range of 270+ miles and is due for release in 2022. That should give you plenty of time to tie-dye your wardrobe and find some over-sized peace signs.
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