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New Electric Bus Coming in Just Four Years

Fresh off the success of winning the concept truck of the year and buoyed by the response from consumers, Volkswagen executives recently announced they are going to put the I.D. BUZZ electric van into production by 2022. Reminding nostalgic buyers of the beloved VW microbus, the I.D. BUZZ shows the spirit that made Volkswagen such a popular brand in America. “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,’” according to Dr. Herbert Diess, VW CEO. “The microbus has long been a part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.” Stay in touch with Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale to see the progress of bringing the iconic microbus back to life.

I.D. Buzz Design Allows for Massive Interior

With the batteries mounted in the floor and the electronic drive components taking limited space, the interior of the I.D. BUZZ is expected to be enormous. “The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV,” said Dr. Diess. The I.D. BUZZ will make good use of that room, offering both a version for hauling people and one for hauling cargo. “Along with a minibus version, we’ll also be offering an I.D. BUZZ Cargo variant for zero emissions delivery of goods,” said VW commercial vehicle boss 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.”

Perfect Balance Between Past and Future

More than 70 years will have passed between the introduction of the Microbus and the I.D. BUZZ by the time the latest version rolls off the production floor. The new model pays homage to the genes of the original, offering maximum use of space on a small footprint. Expect a lot of new technology in the I.D. BUZZ, including quick-change seating, automated driving and tons of connectivity with the outside world. “We are delighted that our parent company has taken the decision to produce the I.D. BUZZ. This vehicle is the perfect balance between emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership,” according to Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of VW North America. “The high seating position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is just what our customers want from us. And it’s the perfect fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle.” There are still a few years before the I.D. BUZZ shows up on the showroom floor at Chapman Volkswagen, but now’s a good opportunity to examine the entire VW lineup and see all the innovations created by German engineering.

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