Volkswagen hippy camper reborn for the electric era

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The VW Microbus. The Bulli. The Campervan. The Kombi. The Hippy Bus. There are many monikers for Volkswagen’s fabled Transporter, but this overtly practical and famously adaptable 70-year-old machine has achieved an iconic status, no matter the language you speak.

Which is why it came as such a surprise when chairmen of the board of management of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands, Dr Herbert Diess and Dr Eckhard Scholz, announced that it would reintroduce the Microbus to the world… but in a very different guise.

Volkswagen is bringing back its iconic T1 camper van back in 2022 – but not quite how you’d imagine. As part of VW’s new I.D electric car range they are manufacturing the Buzz, a microbus concept, which is based on the famous T1, T2 and T3 Campers “hippy mobile”. VW I.D Buzz was unveiled earlier this year, but now it has been confirmed the vehicle will enter production in 2022.

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People were gutted when production of the original camper stopped, with the car earning cult status and appeal, making the vans sought after vehicles. Two versions of the new bus will go on sale in 2022. There will be a high-end variant which will have all-wheel drive capability and total horsepower output of 369bhp – thank to a giant 111 kWh battery pack.

Estimations of the car’s range suggest it will achieve around 270 miles on a single charge. It will also be able to go from zero-60mph in around five seconds and boast a top speed of 99mph.

More futuristic features include the ‘Car2X’ capability to communicate with other piloted and autonomous vehicles, while intuitive voice control provides an interface to controlling your own vehicle. Advanced augmented reality can project astonishingly realistic images seemingly several metres in front of the vehicle. The battery charges wirelessly by induction. Do you like this new model?