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Volkswagen is all set to join the electric car revolution and it’s doing so with a buzzy refresh of one of its most classic vehicles.
The automaker has announced that it will make its I.D. Buzz electric Microbus concept a reality by 2022, giving VW fans, EV enthusiasts, and modern day hippies alike a good reason to mark their calendars. The concept was first unveiled earlier this year to much acclaim, as the confluence of old school style and next-gen tech offered a much different take on the fully-electric car in a world filled with Teslas and Chevy Bolts.
The company’s CEO Dr. Herbert Diess acknowledged the concept’s popularity while outlining the plan to bring the Buzz to North American, European, and Chinese markets. He said VW was flooded with letters and emails from excited customers, imploring the company for building the car.
The production model all-wheel drive Buzz will offer drivers more than just a blast from the past. The next-gen Microbus will boast 369 hp from electric motors on each of its axles for extra handling ability.
Most importantly, the Buzz is slated for up to 300 miles of range per charge, with the capability to power up to about 80 percent of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using VW’s fast-charging system.
VW says the next-gen design will give the Buzz plenty of room for passengers and more. Moreover, the batteries will be mounted in the vehicle floor, and Volkswagen says the Buzz’s compact electric drive components mean that there’s even more space inside than previously possible with gas-powered bus designs.
The announcement is doubtlessly exciting for VW fans, but it shouldn’t come as a big surprise in the EV space. Volkswagen has another all-electric car concept, the I.D., slated for a 2020 release, and other automakers are doubling down on EVs for their future designs. Volvo, most notably, recently announced that its entire lineup will be electrified starting in 2019.