While the two-tone design pays homage to the well-known classic VW Camper, which was first launched in 1950, the I.D BUZZ contains many modern elements that make the model contemporary. This week, it was announced that the fully electric van, called the I.D BUZZ, is due to be put into production.
The electronic vehicle is expected to drop in 2022, with North America, Europe, and Asia as the target markets.
While the rounded body and V-esque lines on its "face" recall the vintage design, I.D. Buzz represents Volkswagen's new push into electric vehicles. VW says that a consumer version with eight seats could appear in dealerships by 2022, with an autonomous version possibly going into production by 2025. Variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving will all be part of the production model's specification. "And it's the flawless fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle".
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According to Volkswagen, the decision to make the announcement at Pebble Beach was in honour of the important role California has played in the history of the microbus and to the contributions of the VW van to the state's auto culture. The I.D. Buzz shown in Detroit can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in about 5 seconds, with a governed top speed of 159kmph.
The ID Buzz had previously been shown at auto shows in Detroit and Geneva, and following that, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess says there was an outpouring of requests from customers to actually make this vehicle. "Now we're bringing it back by developing Volkswagen's next e-generation and by reinventing the Bulli as an electric vehicle". The batteries and the electric motor will be underneath the floor, the company shared. The I.D. Buzz's battery of 111 kWh can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity within 30 minutes using the Combined Charging System (CCS) or an inductive charging interface, with a charging rate of 150 kW. "The vehicle therefore looks like a short compact van on the outside, even as it offers the generous interior space of a large van", Diess explained.
Just recently Tesla released its first electric vehicle named Tesla Model 3 at an event.