The Volkswagen bus is coming back, with modern twists

The VW I.D. Buzz microbus

By harnessing VW's Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB) and recalling the design of the original Type 1 Microbus, the I.D. Buzz concept provides a fully electric, fully connected driving experience, while offering ample space for passengers or cargo.

Hippies everywhere rejoice, the Volkswagen Microbus concept vehicle that debuted in Detroit at an auto show earlier this year is going into production. Bringing it back, as a reinvented electric vehicle just makes sense. The company made the announcement at an annual vehicle show in Pebble Beach.

Expansion of the electric vehicle range is part of Volkswagen's Strategy 2025, which foresees more than 30 all-electric models by that time. With all these American retro vibes among young adults, Volkswagen made a decision to relaunch an improved and electric version of the microbus, promoting road trips in old-school vehicles under the under the hashtag #vanlife.

"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"."

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The I.D. Buzz will ride on Volkswagen's new MEB architecture that will also support the I.D. hatchback and Crozz crossover.

According to Hinrich J. Woebcken, the CEO of Volkswagen's North American Region, the Microbus will have a ideal balance between usability, sustainability, and emotion, but also be a technological showcase.

The new vehicle was created to be a clear throwback to the old microbus. Its batteries and electric motor will be positioned underneath the floor to give it an enormous interior. "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.

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