Volkswagen is bringing back the iconic Microbus in a new futuristic avatar and it will be electric

Last year, Volkswagen revealed a concept electric vehicle which was introduced as a 21st-century successor of the iconic VW Transporter Van (a.k.a the Microbus). Called the I.D. Buzz, the concept’s design struck the perfect balance between retro goodness and futuristic aesthetics. The German automaker has now announced that it plans to put a commercial version of the electric microbus into production and bring it to market at some point in the early 2020s. The commercial twin of the VW electric Transporter Van will be called the I.D. Buzz Cargo. Volkswagen says that the commercial variant will be fitted with a battery pack that will give it an impressive range of 340 miles per charge. The range will get a small boost of extra nine miles with the help of a large solar roof panel. The top speed will be electronically limited to 99mph.

The VW I.D. Buzz will come with fast-charging capability, with the company claiming a time of just 15 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent when hooked up to a 150kW fast-charge system. It will also come equipped with cargo tracking system for operators to keep a track of their cargo in transit. The original VW Microbus entered production in 1950, and continued to sell till 2013 before being killed off for safety concerns. It became a huge hit in the 60s by becoming a bit part of the Californian lifestyle. It would be interesting to see if the electric successor manages to get the same kind of attention and love.

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