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Volkswagen Will Build All-Electric Microbus

The I.D. Buzz concept debuted in January 2017 at the North American Indoor Auto Show in Detroit, MI. (Image/Car and Driver)

Earlier this year, Volkswagen unveiled a retro-styled microbus concept named the I.D. Buzz.

Borrowing several design cues from the iconic VW Type 2 Kombi, the I.D. Buzz was a popular attraction on the auto show circuit. Now, after months of speculation, VW has confirmed the concept will go into production and is expected to hit dealer showrooms in 2022.

The move has been heralded by many, not just for its “hippy van” aesthetic, but also for its all-electric drivetrain. Unlike the original’s air-cooled four-cylinder gasoline engine, the I.D. Buzz will be powered solely by batteries driving electric motors. The concept’s current configuration allows for a large cargo/passenger area and an overall design that retains much of the classic microbus’ forward-control profile.

It is unclear how the actual production model will differ from the I.D. Buzz. If Volkswagen is faithful to the concept’s vintage vibe, it may be a game-changer in the growing electric vehicle market.

You can read more details about the I.D. Buzz from VW’s official press release, and in this story from USA Today.

The I.D. Buzz concept borrows design cues from the Original VW Type 2 Bus. (Image/Popular Mechanics)

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