The long-expected, what-took-you-so-long, have-you-been-out-tripping-in-Joshua-Tree, retro-futuristic VW Bus. Previewed just recently by the I.D. Buzz concept, which was loosely imitated the renowned Type 2 sold up until the 1970s, this production version will be a full-electric vehicle. It will be amongst the first in an organized lineup of EVs that will represent Volkswagen’s Dieselgate mea culpa and drive us toward an electrified future.
Why It Matters
See the last sentence above. It will likewise tell us whether VW can reenter long-abandoned sections. And for VW chairman Herbert Diess, the concept “is the most beautiful and most exciting electrical car in the world.” So it’s quite clear that he’s been to Joshua Tree.
2022 Volkswagen Microbus Platform
The new Microbus bases on VW’s MEB, or modular electrical platform, developed to underpin a great deal of compact to mid-size Audi, SEAT, Škoda, and VW models. It enables a flexible style, and the Microbus will even have room for a front trunk.
2022 Volkswagen Microbus Powertrain
The MEB platform is designed to host various electric-powertrain setups; a great sign of its capabilities was supplied by the I.D. Buzz, which has all-wheel drive thanks to electric motors on the front and rear axles that produce an overall of 369 horsepower.
2022 Volkswagen Microbus Competition
Other than the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid, there are no other electrified vans at the moment. Maybe the Tesla Model X counts as a competitor, but it’s much more pricey.
What Might Go Wrong
VW’s electric van might strike the market with a BMW i3– like a thud and sans waiting list like Tesla’s Model 3 has.
Approximated Arrival and Price
The Microbus will release in 2022. Rates has yet to be figured out, but we anticipate it to open around $40,000.