Earlier this year, Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. BUZZ, its Microbus-inspired EV at the Detroit Auto Show. Most of the people assumed that it would meet the same fate as many concept cars. However, it won’t. The company announced that it will put the I.D. BUZZ into production, with a hope to begin selling by 2022.
Initially, Volkswagen is targeting North America, Europe, and China to launch the EV. From the design, it’s quite clear that the EV is a pure honor to the iconic vehicle from the company, which was sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. However, as all the batteries will be mounted under the floor, the production version of the EV is expected to veer a little from the original one. Also, like the original microbus, the I.D. BUZZ will be offered as a cargo van. According to VW, they took the decision aiming at the commercial market, where the internal combustion engine vehicles are quite expensive to operate because of the emissions regulations.
The company says the new I.D. BUZZ is going to come after a more conventional all-electric Volkswagen under the I.D. label. VW hopes, being introduced under the label, this new bus will take advantage of the electrification and autonomous driving capabilities.