The VW Camper Van Is Back, And It’s Electric


The iconic VW camper van will always be remembered for its part in the flower-power hippy movement throughout the ’60s.

Since its removal from production in 2013, the car has become more of a collectors item.

VW vans served generations of families on their holidays at home and abroad. This left people heartbroken when the factory doors closed in 2013.

However, for those people there is some good news – it’s back. 

The original van had a rattling, petrol engine, so VW have opted to swap it for a green electric motor.

They have named the van the ID Buzz, and it comes with a whole host of hi-tech gadgets.

The retro styling of the vehicle is still familiar but with a contemporary twist.

The designer took inspiration from the classic Microbus, which was built from the 1950s to the 1970s.

However, the new ID Buzz is practically lightyears ahead; it has self-drive features in place for when the relevant legislation passes.

It will carry a price tag of between £30,000 to £40,000, and plans to be on sale around 2022.

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The retro appearance will appeal to fans of the original VW ‘Type 2’, even if the price is vastly different from the £668 cost when the vehicle first hit UK shores in the mid 1950s.

The ID Buzz will have two electric motors, producing 369bhp, compared to the 50bhp on offer in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Extra space is available because of the lack of petrol engine and batteries will be under the floor.

The driver can change the seating layout at the touch of a button.

This means the eight-seat layout can switch to a comfortable dining table arrangement if required.

Full charge will reach around 373 miles, and the battery can be recharged to 80 percent within 30 minutes.

The plan is for the van to completely self-drive, where laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and surroundings.

However, one essential feature of the original VW is missing. The roof does not pop up like a concertina, which is a favourite trick of loyal owners to create more headroom.

Check out the video below for a look at what’s to come.

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6 Comments

  1. Ruben diaz

    I would like more information on the new vw ,s

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  2. Tracy glover

    Sad that there’s some of the original features taken away like sleeping area sink storage area not sure scrapping those is a good idea Think that’s the whole idea of a camper van! And a sun roof at least would be a better idea or an added sleeping area at the price your asking for it apart from that I love it

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  3. Cavalerie

    Une très bonne nouvelle .

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  4. Jo Janger

    My feelings exactly Tracy! Where is the bed in the back, fridge and pop up for an extra bed?
    This is not a VW camper! We owned two of them and this is faaaaar from the old one.

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  5. Chris

    Where are the wing mirrors lol… looks cool but prefer old school type… too futuristic for my liking… also what would the price be on it…? £££

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  6. simon birch

    Will it rust like the old one, sound like a clapped out bag of bolts like the old one, and be as gutless as the old one, oh and over priced like the old one?

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