Volkswagen has a tidbit in store for classic car enthusiasts this spring after the German automaker announced it would be launching a production-ready version of its electric VW Microbus restart – also known as ID Buzz – this spring.
Company boss Herbert Diess tweeted the news, five years after the idea was born as a concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. Now it is preparing to finally hit the factory line before being fully released in 2023.
The ID Buzz is a clear homage to the famous VW Microbus, which was officially in production between 1950 and 1980. The peak of its popularity, however, was in the ’60s and’ 70s when it became an iconic part of the hippie counterculture – so much so that it is arguably best known as the “hippie van” to this day.
The ID Buzz will not only undoubtedly help transport future generations of festival heads to Burning Man and Glastonbury, but will also be used by VW as an autonomous test vehicle in the company’s German home market.
The idea there is for a possible rollout as a commercial ride-hailing solution by 2025 – which gives a whole new meaning to the idea of taking a trip with Uber, or maybe that’s just our twisted opinion.
Details of the ID Buzz’s specs, pricing, and other key details are still few and far between, but we expect to hear a lot more on March 9th.
What we do know is that the ID Buzz is one of several exciting new electric vehicles the manufacturer plans in the coming years, with the ID 3 hatchback, ID 4 crossover SUV, and ID 5 luxury SUV also in the works.