Camper fans rejoice – the VW Microbus is back!
This weekend Volkswagen confirmed that it will put the electric I.D. BUZZ Concept into production after the original Kombi’s production ended back in 2013.
Volkswagen made the announcement at this years Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California and Herbert Diess, CEO of VW Brands, has described it as “the most beautiful and most exciting.”
“This vehicle unites past and future, as well as Pebble Beach and Silicon Valley. The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle,” Dr. Diess added.
The decision to make the announcment at Pebble Beach was in honor of the important role California has played in the history of the microbus and to the contributions of the VW van to the state’s car culture.
“Our goal is clear: We want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world,” Diess said in a statement. “The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”
The company first revealed plans for the zero emissions vehicle back in January but the new model is much longer, sleeker and modern than it’s predecessors.
The I.D. Buzz will hit car showrooms across Europe, the US and China over the next 5 years and it’s playful two-tone design pays homage to the old camper the world knows and loves.
As for the name – I.D. literally stands for identity,” “idea,” “individual,” “intelligent,” and “iconic design”, while Buzz is a play on “bus” and a nod to the silent “buzzing” of the electric drive system.
The technical specs for the van are yet to be announced, however the concept car has a range of 270 miles, 369 horsepower from its all-electric drivetrain, and a 111 kWh battery pack that can reach 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes.
The price is another factor of the vehicle that is being kept under wraps, however Volkswagen have said the bus will be “much more affordable” than other electric automobiles on the market.
See a video of the van in action below: