Recently, popular car manufacturer Volkswagen has announced that its iconic Microbus it’s making a comeback. However, this time, the company is going to produce the electric version of it. Most people know this van from the hippy period, when people would travel to Woodstock with it and decorate it. Nowadays, not many people still own one, and some have turned them into street food vans or mini shops. Actually, this new version is based on the company’s I.D. Buzz, a concept car. They revealed it for the first time at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
The return of the hippie van
Volkswagen expect the van to become available in 2022, in China, Europe and the United States. According to a Saturday press release, the company considers the I.D. Buzz concept one of the prettiest and most exciting such vehicles in the world. As for the company’s main goal, that it to make this electric van popular among buyers. Moreover, it could even be a bestseller in the entire world. The company even released an animated video which teases the return of the hippie bus. It also talks of a “groovy future” which we must prepare for.
It’s worth remembering that the original van, which was called a Type 1 Microbus, made its debut back in 1950. At the time, it only had about 30 horsepower. However, it seems like the upcoming electric version will have 369 horsepower which will come from its electric motors. Each axle will reportedly have one. Volkswagen is also saying that the vehicle will come with a battery system which will be fast-charge. According to them, this will permit it to charge about 80% of its full energy power in about half an hour, at 150 kW.
An iconic, part of pop culture, vehicle
Over time, this hippie, bug-eyed van has become part of the pop culture. It has appeared in music videos, movies, even cartoons. It was only natural for the company to try and revive such a popular car. It’s also worth noting that the automaker is currently part of an emissions scandal. This cost Volkswagen about $25 billion. Moreover, a few days ago, federal prosecutors said that an important engineer which took part in the 2015 issue should receive a three-year prison sentence.
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