Volkswagen’s iconic camper van is driving into the 21st century with the I.D. BUZZ, an all-electric vehicle mixing vintage design with futuristic tech.
The VW Transporter camper van, lovingly known as the hippy bus, captured the imagination of generations around the world. Synonymous with road trips along the California coast, the carefree traveling icon is now getting a 21st-century makeover with the all-electric I.D. BUZZ.
Slated for launch in 2022, the BUZZ’s two-tone, one-box design pays homage to the iconic VW camper van, first launched in 1950.
“The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle,” said Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess. “Now, we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle. Where a generation that lived through the swinging sixties and enjoyed the experimental seventies discovered a tool for exploration and freedom in the camper van of yesteryear, today’s potential buyer is looking to stay anchored to the digital world, despite their geographical location.”
As a result, the fully electric vehicle will be constantly connected to the cloud.
Twin electric motors will produce zero emissions without compromising on speed – according to the company, the BUZZ will do 0-62mph in around five seconds.
An interactive display panel in the vehicle’s range will include an augmented reality (AR) display capable of projecting information, such as the directions given by the GPS system, as a virtual image from seven to 15 metres ahead of the car.
A rear back bench, two removable middle seats, and a driver and passenger seat provide ample space for six, and the interior can be changed and augmented depending on need. To turn the cabin into a living room-style space, the front and passenger seats can be swiveled to face the back, and all the passenger seats can be modified depending on need. Batteries are mounted in the floor in order to maximise space in the vehicle.
As well as being environmentally friendly, the camper van will push the concept of autonomous driving, with plans in place to create self-driving functionality with the touch of a button.
Inspired by life on the road? Read Culture Trip’s feature on the resurgence of van life.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.