The wait is finally over, folks. Volkswagen has confirmed that the successor to the iconic hippie-bus will be nearing production by the start of the new decade, as confirmed by VW boss Herbert Diess.
The I.D. Minibus concept was shown off at the Detroit Auto Show in January as an all-electric, autonomous people mover. The production version of the minibus will feature an all-electric powerplant derived from the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric platform, the same as the current Golf EV, but, paired with dual electric motors, a 110-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack good for 270 miles per charge, and a total system output of about 369 horsepower.
It is said the minibus will feature batteries underneath the floorplan of the vehicle and feature motors driving each of the wheels, but we haven’t heard of concrete evidence of this.
According to Diess, “Emotional cars are very important for the brand. 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.”
According to many sources, the minibus is slated for release by 2022, according to MotorTrend. But with Volkswagen confirming it’s headed to production soon, we haven’t heard exactly when it will happen.
VW also confirmed that fully-autonomous versions of the I.D. will enter the range by 2025, with the I.D. releasing around 2020 or 2022.