Volkswagen has reportedly confirmed that it will be producing the Microbus. Fans have been waiting for years for the Microbus that will bring back the famous buss of the 1960s.
In 2001, the first Microbus concept was introduced. Then Volkswagen teased their fans once again with the Bulli concept as well as the I.D. Buzz concept. The Bulli was presented in 2011 and Budd-e was presented in 2016. The previous ideas were never produced, however, the I.D. Buzz concept is certainly going to the production line.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess confirmed the news and said that the Microbus is in the future production plans. The new Microbus will be different from the original because it will have an electric powertrain.
“Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” Herbert Diess said. “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.”
Automotive News Europe reported that Volkswagen will be targeting 2022 for the “all-electric van”. It will be nearly identical to the green-and-white vehicle which is on display in Detroit.
The Microbus will not have the same “retractable steering wheel” that can be seen in the concept. However, the front row windows could be designed such that they will be able to be rolled down.
The Microbus will be able to replicate the flat front end of the original Transporter T1 because of the “flat, 111-kilawatt-hour lithium-ion battery” that will be stored below the floor.
According to the new concept, the Microbus will be power-driven by two electric motors that will be mounted on each axle. Daily News also reported that it,
It will achieve an estimated 369 horsepower as well as a single-charge range of up to 270 miles. The interior offers room for eight, two luggage compartments, large side windows and two massive sunroofs for optimal natural light.
Volkswagen is also large at work to bring an “all-electric hatchback” and SUV in its production line as part of its determination to provide 30 battery-powered vehicles by the year 2025 to its customers.