11.1.2022Volkswagen confirms electric camper reveal date
Volkswagen has confirmed that its electric ID. Buzz microbus will make its public debut on 9th March this year.
The original Microbus (or VW Transporter, Kombi, Type 2, or Camper), first launched in the 1950s, is undoubtedly an iconic model, with the van becoming a favourite in the 1960s for its affordable pricing, flexible cabin and attractive design.
One of the earliest concepts VW used to demonstrate the flexibility of the MEB platform for all-electric vehicles, the ID. Buzz has now brought the iconic camper into the 21st century - with a zero-emissions drivetrain.
First presented in 2017, the ID. Buzz concept showed what the MEB – or Modular Electric Drive Kit – could be capable of, beyond urban hatchbacks, crossovers, and SUVs. Outfitted with two electric motors for all-wheel drive, and a sizable cabin with a modular, multi-configuration layout suitable for everything from surfboards to camping trips, it met with pretty much universal acclaim.
Although the unveiling of the ID. Buzz has been postponed more than once, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess confirmed on Twitter that we can expect to see the production ID. Buzz revealed on 9th March.
In Europe, the Microbus EV will see multiple configurations, including both passenger and commercial versions. Short and long wheelbase models will be offered, and there’ll be a solar roof option for adding to the battery’s charge with some free energy from the sun.
It is not yet known how much range we can expect from the new EV. Anything from 200-270 miles has previously been touted as possible. VW has previously mentioned that 83 kWh and 111 kWh batteries will be available, supporting up to 150 kW DC fast charging for a 0-80% top-up in about 30 minutes with a compatible charger. Whether this is still true for the production model remains to be seen.