Anton Andres / Volkswagen | March 12, 2018 14:16
Volkswagen revives iconic Bus as all-electric van, slated for 2022 release
Volkswagen made it official that the Beetle will sail off into the sunset yet again. However, the company isn't stopping with the retro theme just yet. The company has announced that the iconic Bus is making a return as part of the brand's push towards electric vehicles.
Said to be the production version of the I.D Buzz concept, Volkswagen has even gone as far as mentioning the target launch year for the electric Bus. They say the production version of the revived icon is slated for 2022. “Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand.
As to what it will look like, the company has dropped a few hints. The design of the revived Bus is said to be inspired from the original version and, in their words, 'to recall the original Type 2 Microbus without mimicking it'. Diess adds that the retro look will come complete with the upright steering wheel mounting from the classic version. If it were to reach production, expect it to come with a two-tone V-nose, rectangular windows, a hint of a windshield sunshade, and a gesture at the rear side air vents that characterized the original.
It will ride on what Volkswagen calls the MEB platform or Modular Electric Drive when translated to English. VW aims to provides ample space for passengers or cargo, with an expansive view of the surroundings. In the I.D Buzz Concept, it came with two motors, each powering the front and rear wheels to give it all-wheel drive. Combined output from both electric motors come are rated at 374 PS. While it's possible that the road-going version won't be as powerful as the concept, it's most certain that it will be more than the 30 PS it originally came with back in the 50's.