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Introducing the New Buzz: VW Unveils Electric Microbus

The old VW bus is a classic, but the newest addition to the Volkswagen family is eco-friendly and speedy.

by / January 12, 2017
The I.D. BUZZ zero-emissions vehicle VW

Unlike its sluggish predecessor, Volkswagen’s newest bus, dubbed the ID Buzz, packs quite a punch. With all the charm of an old VW bus, its young, electric relative boasts an array of impressive features with seemingly none of the drawbacks of the original model.

For starters, the van can travel 270 miles between charges and has all-wheel drive, according to a press release. And with one motor in the front and one in the back, the bus packs a punch with 369 horsepower. Not too shabby, since past VW buses had trouble pushing 80 until the turn of the century. This sleek revival can reportedly go from zero to 60 mph in just five seconds.

According to VW, the bus is also fully equipped for autonomous driving. The interior speaks to that, as the driver’s seat can turn backward and the steering wheel can retract into the dashboard.

The ID buzz followed the concept car that VW unveiled last year in Paris.

It is unclear whether this model will be produced for sale, but it has created a hype about Volkswagen’s recent push on electric vehicles. After receiving negative attention for its diesel emissions, the automaker planned a “big electric offensive” that aspires to sell 1 million electric vehicles per year starting in 2025.