The Volkswagen bus has long been a favourite of road trippers, especially Hippies in California who classically drove the efficient and roomy Kombi up the Pacific Coast Highway, living in them while they searched for the perfect waves (dude). However, VW hasn’t really revived this classic vehicle in their lineup for some time, favouring the mass production of sports utility vehicles and sedans over the past few decades, as they grew to be one of the largest and arguably best car manufacturers in the world. Yet after constant calls to bring the bus back, VW has agreed, finally to re-release their famous bus, as they announced at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concourse D’Elegance in Monterey, California—but with a decidedly modern twist.
In an effort to unite the past and the future, VW has created a concept for what they are calling the I.D. Buzz, or more specifically an electric-powered version of their classic microbus. The four door I.D. Buzz will have a range of 270 miles, 369 horsepower from it’s all-electric drivetrain and can rech 80 percent charge in half an hour. After it’s official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017, VW is saying the I.D. Buzz is expected to be available to buyers in the USA, Europe and China by 2022.
Which means in five years cruising coast lines for waves in a VW bus, this time that doesn’t pollute, will become a thing for the first time.