Volkswagen have announced that they are developing the concept I.D. Buzz van further into a full fledged electric vehicle with level 3 autonomy, with an intended market release in 2022.
The announcement came from the brand at the Pebble Beach Concours event in Monterey.
“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car'”, Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess reported in Pebble Beach.
Diess also explained the rationale for selecting the event at Monterey for the announcement, “The Microbus, which is what the Bulli is called in America, has always been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by developing Volkswagen’s next e-generation and by reinventing the Bulli as an electric vehicle.”
The Microbus will follow the more compact I.D. to market and features a floor pan packed with batteries, electric motors to drive the wheels and an immense volume built on its dimensions of 4,942mm x 1,976mm wide x 1,963mm high.
The passenger variant will also be joined by a cargo version. “Along with a minibus version, we’ll also be offering an I.D. BUZZ Cargo variant for zero-emission delivery operations in a Level 3 vehicle that boasts a high degree of automated driving capability”, said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr Eckhard Scholz. “It’s an ideal electric van concept, particularly for inner cities.”
Volkswagen is targeting the markets in North America, Europe and China with both the I.D. BUZZ and the I.D. family and that move is part of the company’s strategy 2025 which is set to include 30 electric vehicles.