Volkswagen used Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach in California to announce final decision, tjat they will prepare production version of electric microbus, which was announced by the I. D. Buzz concept in Detroit last January.

They also annonuced a roadmap of Volkswagen's future activities in the field of electric mobility, which will bring I.D. Buzz into series production in 2022. It will come as Volkswagens's second electric model of the new generation, right after compact four door I. D. model, which is set for arrival in 2020. Both cars will be a part of Volkswagen's strategy to bring more than 30 fully electric models on the road by 2025.

The decision to announce production of I.D. Buzz in California was by no way a coincidence because, according to VW boss Hebert Diess: "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". He also explained, why they choose Pebble Beach to annunce newcomer: "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."

Production I. D. Buzz will have much in common with the concept, including batteries, which will be placed under the cabin. Compact electric powertrain will allow it to have long wheelbase and short overhangs, which will make more fo r more space in the passanger cabin despite very compact external dimensions. There will also be a light commercial version called I.D. Buzz Cargo, which will boast hih degree of automated driving together with zero emmision and zero noise operation in city centers.

Aug. 20, 2017 Driving photo: VW

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