Volkswagen has confirmed that the I.D. Buzz Microbus will be built as an all-electric vehicle.

The vehicle was first displayed in January at the Detroit auto show as one of three all-electric model concepts introduced so far under the company’s I.D. line, and VW division chief Herbert Diess confirmed it production green light.

“Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” Diess said to Auto Express. “We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in U.S. markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”

The I.D. Buzz will break the pattern of the German automaker showing a list of concept vans over the year. VW has hoped to resurrect the look and functions of its once popular Microbus.

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The photo gallery shown below was released in March for the Europe market at the Geneva auto show. It plays off the Microbus’ previous identity as the perfect vehicle for beachgoers and surfers – ideal for the U.S. market.

It will be built on the modular electric drive (MEB) platform common the I.D. family.

The company claimed it would be getting 372 miles on a charge based on the New European Drive Cycle. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would give it 270 miles in range.

That’s quite a lot of range, and a 111 kilowatt-hour battery will store the power to hit that mark.

The I.D. Buzz Microbus joins the I.D. sedan concept and the I.D. Crozz concept, with more expected to come.

The new electric Microbus is estimated to be released at production level in 2021 or 2022.

It should have a few Level-3 self-driving vehicle features included.

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