Offbeat Sheet: Volkswagen Microbus

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Get ready for an electrifying revival! Volkswagen recently confirmed it will bring back the iconic microbus in the form of the all-electric I.D. BUZZ.

“This vehicle unites past and future,” Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said in a statement. “The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.”

The new, super-modern I.D. BUZZ was debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and is expected to be released in 2022. It’ll have 369 horsepower (from its all-electric drivetrain), a range of 270 miles and a 111 kilowatt hours (kWh) battery pack that reaches an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

The I.D. Buzz is also level-3 autonomous which means that, while the vehicle does require a driver behind the wheel, it can steer, stop, and accelerate on its own in certain conditions!

What would you do while your brand-new teched-out microbus drove you to work? Bill Nye’s vote is just to eat some darn ice cream!

Billy Nye Microbus

 

 

 

 

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