The classic Volkswagen Camper will go on sale again in 2022, but this time it will be electric.
The concept car, known as the ID Buzz, is undergoing further development ready to be launched having previously stirred up a lot of interest when it was unveiled earlier in the year.
Dr Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen brand, said the brand had been inundated with letters and emails from customers pleading with the firm to “please build this car”.
Dr Diess said the vehicle was “an important pillar in Volkswagen’s electric drive initiative and carries the Microbus driving feeling into the future”.
VW said the production version, which is “based on the new all-electric architecture”, will incorporate many design ideas from the concept car. It will also feature variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.
If it follows the concept version, it will have batteries mounted on the vehicle floor. The target market is thought to be North America, Europe and China.
VW plans to have all 30 models in their range electric-powered by 2025. The ID Buzz will be able to drive for 300 miles on a single charge, with the capability to power up to around 80 per cent of its energy capacity in half an hour, using VW’s fast-charging system.
Reports suggest that the vehicle will be semi-autonomous and able to take over some of the responsibilities of the driver. A driver is still required but Volkswagen also plans to introduce a self driving version.