Cleveland, Ohio – Volkswagen plans to bring back the iconic micro bus. Well, sort of.
In 2022, the company will put the I.D. Buzz concept vehicle into production – an all-electric van that looks a bit like the ’60s vehicle favored by hippies and surfers. It will be built off of the same platform as the I.D. electric car, a four-door compact vehicle. The automakers is targeting North America, Europe, and China with the Buzz.
"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,” Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said. "The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle."
Like the classic T2 Microbus, the I.D. Buzz will come in a commercial variant, said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr. Eckhard Scholz.
"With Level 3 autonomous capability, this is an ideal concept for an electric van, particularly for delivering packages and goods to the inner cities," Scholz said.
Although versions of the bus have been in constant production since 1950, VW hasn’t exported any to the United States in more than a decade, and it’s been a low-volume, niche vehicle here since the mid-1960s (when it got caught up in a trade dispute involving light trucks and chickens).