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Volkswagen to launch revamped electric version of vintage microbus

VW ID BuzzCar maker Volkswagen has confirmed it will be building a 21st century version of its out-of production classic microbus. Chief-executive Herbert Diess confirmed an all-electric microbus with similar design features to the 1940s original would be rolling off production lines by 2022.

The doctor and Volkswagen gave a sneak preview of the ID Buzz at the car-themed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance charity function. The new model features the same wheels in each corner box style of the original microbus and has a power pack on each axle.

Strategic positioning of the batteries means maximum interior space. VW’s design teams claims the ID Buzz’s power units will be able to deliver a maximum of 270 miles on one charge. Although the technology is still in the test stages, the aim is for the new microbus to be autonomous.

Stage III autonomy will allow for the driving seat to be rotated through 180° and still keep the vehicle in motion. This autonomy level does not do away with the need for a driver altogether as he or she has to be in overall control.

Doctor Diess noted that the ID Buzz was being built for markets in Europe, North America and China. He explained that customer demand was one of the main reasons the ID Buzz would be going into mass-production.

The ID Buzz was first unveiled as a a prototype concept at January’s Detroit Motor Show and then made another appearance at a show in Geneva. Doctor Diess noted numerous visitors at the shows had contacted Volkswagen and said the ID Buzz should be released as a production model.

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