A modernized version of the iconic ’60’s hippie bus is now emissions-free and self-driving.
During the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, Volkswagen unveiled yet another van concept to honor the iconic Microbus. In addition to being powered by electricity, the sleek vehicle is also self-driving. With 8 seats and a driving range up to 270 miles (the exact distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas), the upgraded concept is likely to be a car favored by environmentally-minded activists.
Each vehicle has an 110-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be powered up to 80% by a high-powered DC charger in just 3 minutes. Additionally, the iconic van will collect traffic data using its camera, laser, ultrasonic, and radar sensors.
In addition to being good for the environment and aesthetically pleasing, the Buzz is also highly customizable. Personal seat and air conditioning settings are stored in the system, and the sound system configuration, ambient lighting, and other features are easy to change.
Trailing after Tesla, Volkswagen seeks to corner the electric market. Commented Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand:
“The Volkswagen brand’s big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture. That is when we will be launching an entirely new generation of fully connected, all-electric vehicles to the market. By 2025 we want to be selling one million of these vehicles annually. We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen.”