Business

Volkswagen unveils new electric ID. Buzz as 21st-century descendent of iconic hippie microbus

In this article

VW ID. Buzz
VW

Volkswagen is resurrecting its iconic microbus — the quintessential van associated with traveling Deadheads and the 1960s counterculture — as an all-electric van called the ID. Buzz.

The German automaker on Wednesday finally unveiled the electric vehicle as a 21st-century descendent of its T1 Microbus. VW has previewed such a product for more than 20 years through concept vehicles, including a well-received EV called the ID Buzz in 2017.

“The T1 — an icon of the 1950s — represents freedom and the democratization of mobility. With the ID. Buzz, we are transferring the T1 DNA to the present day and thus into the era of electric mobility and sustainability,” Jozef Kaban, head of Volkswagen design, said in a statement. While the original microbus was first manufactured in the ’50s, it became a cult phenomenon among the hippie generation in the next decade.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz
VW

The ID. Buzz features large circular “VW” badges on the front and back of the vehicle — homages to the original microbus. It also features large windows around the vehicle, creating a greenhouse effect, and several other styling nods to its famed predecessor.

Two-tone ID. Buzz models, similar to the originals, will have Candy White roofs and V-shaped hoods. The lower portion of the vehicle will be available in four colors: Lime Yellow, Starlight Blue, Energetic Orange and Bay Leaf Green.

But don’t expect to round up all your friends and head west with your guitars just yet. The five-passenger vehicle is expected to go on sale in Europe later this year, followed by a larger six- or seven-seat version that’s slated to arrive in the U.S. in 2024.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz
VW

VW did not release pricing or performance specifications for the U.S.-bound model, saying more details will be available closer to the vehicle’s launch.

For Europe, the smaller van, including a cargo version, will be capable of 201 horsepower and 229 foot-pounds of torque. VW said additional versions with various ranges and power output levels are expected beginning in 2023. The automaker did not release the electric range of the vehicle.

With DC fast charging, the ID. Buzz can charge up to 80% in 30 minutes, according to VW.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo van
VW

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Doing Tax Policy at the Ballot Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Home purchase cancellations are above 15% for the second straight month. It’s important to know the financial repercussions
ESG without returns is ‘simply not sustainable,’ says investor Lauren Taylor Wolfe
Christie’s launches ‘Department X’ as collectible sneakers and street-wear boom
The Sticks: Inflation Reduction Act’s Energy-Related Tax Increases