A modern and electric version of VW’s iconic minivan, a true symbol of the 1960s and 1970s is making a comeback! Volkswagen is bringing back its hippie-approved minivan but with a 21st century upgrade – the new I.D. Buzz is all-electric.
The EV features strong graphic references to the iconic Type 2 Microbus, with a two-tone color scheme where the upper level reaches down the nose of the car to make space for an enormous VW badge. Modernising the look is an LED headlight design that looks like cartoonish eyes to add “emotion.” In fact, adding emotion is essential to the new concept:
“Emotional cars are very important for the brand. We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in US markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”, explained VW CEO Herbert Diess.
This new Volkswagen electric van will be equipped with the Modular Electrification Toolkit, or MEB, their electric motorization system combining batteries and motors. The I.D. Buzz minivan will have an autonomy of almost 500 kilometers, and will charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes. When in autonomous mode, the steering wheel retracts and merges into the instrument panel, allowing the car to take full control of the driving.
“The I.D. BUZZ is not a retro design on 22-inch wheels; rather, we have taken the logical next step forward in development using what is in all likelihood the most successful design of its kind in the world,” Volkswagen head of design Klaus Bischoff said before the concept was revealed in Detroit this year. “The entire design is extremely clean with its homogeneous surfaces and monolithic silhouette. The future and origins of Volkswagen design DNA combine here to create a new icon.”
With the market launch planned for 2020 at best, the specs, as well as the design, are subject to changes. But it still looks like a ton of fun.