VW Minibus – 1969 to 1984 – Part 3

I just found this info so I thought I’d jump back in time to October 2018 when I first wrote about the 1969 VW minibus that our family had and publish this as part 3 of that series. Seems fitting.

Volkswagen Minibus – 1969 to 1984 – Part 1

Volkswagen Minibus – 1969 to 1984 – Part 2

Volkswagen is bringing back one of its most famous cars, the 1960s Microbus, the good news is, it’s in electric form. VW has finally publicized the electric microbus and will be available in 2022. The product will have zero emission which makes it eco-friendly. It’s a multifunctional automobile that blends nostalgic style cues with revolutionary technological innovation. The ID Buzz will be designed with even more room for people than the original, know how to level 3 self-supporting driving, and could feature all-wheel drive as an alternative. Final power, variety, and other requirements yet to be established.

Volkswagen (vlkpf, +0.74%) has announced that it will produce an electric version of its Microbus, the iconic, bug-eyed “hippie bus” most often associated with free-wheeling road trips to Woodstock.

The new model is a production version of Volkswagen’s concept vehicle I.D. Buzz, which was revealed earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. It is expected to be available in 2022 in the U.S., Europe, and China, according to a company press release Saturday.

“For me, the I.D. Buzz concept is the most beautiful and most exciting electric car in the world,” Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand said in the statement. “Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”

Volkswagen’s original Type 1 Microbus debuted in 1950 and had just 30 horsepower. The new version derives its 369 horsepower from electric motors on each axle. According to Volkswagen, a fast-charge battery system will enable it to restore about 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes at 150 kW. “The I.D. Buzz stands for the new Volkswagen,” Diess said in the press release.

Volkswagen is in the midst of a damaging emissions cheating scandal that has cost the German automaker some $25 billion to date. This weekend’s announcement comes just days after federal prosecutors recommended a three-year prison sentence for a key engineer involved in the 2015 controversy.

What was once gone has been reborn…

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