The revamped VW Camper Van is now ‘the Volkswagen Buzz.’ NAIAS Detroit 2017 gave us a taste of what we can buy in 2022, bringing back the combi that so many of us have squeezed into on morning commutes.
The German carmaker is hot on Tesla’s electric heels and, recovering from the diesel scandal, with more motivation to reestablish its environmentally-friendly reputation. The Buzz prototype boasted an electric engine to power a four-wheel drive vehicle, which promises huge advances on the old VW van’s engine that would struggle to outstrip a toddle on a trike.
This unit will come two years into Volkswagen’s 2020 electric vehicle line launch. This prototype sits 8 passengers, measures 4.94m by 1.97m and its square front-end is maintained with a height of 1.96m.
The Buzz will have a range of 600km, surpassing all electrics on the market at present and will be able to reach 374hp. This will be made possible by two electric motors, able to be 80 percent charged within half an hour. We fully expect Volkswagen to surpass these estimates as the rate at which electric, hybrid and fuel cell technology is developing, such specific predictions about carmakers’ capabilities five years from now are hard to make.
Now we wonder nostalgically, with the return of the lime-green electrified combi, should we also expect the return of the much-loved but discontinued Tsuru? Perhaps in electric blue and hydrogen-powered.
Data sources: Car and Driver, Hibridos y Electricos.