PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Volkswagen has confirmed plans to build a production version of its all-electric ID Buzz van in 2022 for consumer and commercial applications.
The van — or microbus in VW parlance — will have Level 3 autonomous capabilities in the commercial version. The Buzz will be one of three electric vehicles VW is planning for its MEB architecture. The family of EVs includes the ID Crozz SUV and the ID hatchback.
The automaker confirmed its plans last week in Pebble Beach, channeling the California lifestyle that helped turn Volkswagen's Bus from the 1960s into an icon.
"The Microbus, which is what the Bulli is called in America, has always been part of the California lifestyle," Herbert Diess, Volkswagen CEO, said in a statement ahead of the debut. "Now we're bringing it back by reinventing the Bulli as an electric vehicle."