Volkswagen has confirmed plans to build a production version of its all-electric ID Buzz van in 2022 for consumer and commercial applications.
“The Microbus, which is what the Bulli is called in America, has always been part of the California lifestyle,” Herbert Diess, Volkswagen CEO, said in a statement ahead of the debut. “Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing the Bulli as an electric vehicle.”
We are very excited about this announcement. The production Buzz van will be 194.5 inches long — 8.5 inches shorter than a Honda Odyssey minivan and 4 inches shorter than a Ford Explorer. It will be built at the Hanover, Germany, plant where all six earlier generations of VW’s van were built. It will be exported throughout Europe, the U.S. and China.
Volkswagen is also promising the Buzz will have variable seating configurations, but only the commercial iteration was said to have Level 3 autonomy. VW had previously announced that all ID models would be fully autonomous by 2025. The Buzz’s range has not yet been disclosed but the concept version had about 270 miles of range on the EPA test cycle for its two-motor, 369-hp system.
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