VW announces plans to put electric bus concept into production; video

Back in January, Volkswagen teased all of us vanlife/surf/electric-vehicle lovers when they released their concept VW electric bus, the I.D. Buzz, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The original VW Microbus with the forthcoming VW electric bus. Photo: Courtesy of Volkswagen

The concept created plenty of buzz off the bat, starting a wave of demand that just this past Saturday saw VW finally officially announce the VW I.D. Buzz would be going into production and available for purchase in 2022 in the United States, Europe and China.

Hearkening to the original Type 1 Microbus, the I.D. Buzz will combine extra storage room and a fresh design into an environmentally friendly vehicle. Initial estimates from VW anticipate the I.D. Buzz being able to go 300 miles on a single charge.

The I.D. Buzz is also going to be all-wheel drive, which makes it even more attractive to outdoor enthusiasts who do not want to be hindered in the potential of their vehicles.

Volkswagen's North American CEOm Hinrich J. Woebcken, told Highsnobiety:

“We are delighted that our parent company has taken the decision to produce the I.D. Buzz. This vehicle is the perfect balance between emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership. The high seating position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is just what our customers want from us. And it's the perfect fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle.”

The VW electric bus is coming to the U.S. in 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Volkswagen

While it’s still going to be a few years until we can purchase one or even see them on the roads, the I.D. Buzz getting officially slated for production is just what plenty of folks have been waiting for. No word yet on an official name for the vehicle.

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