source: Volkswagen of America
- Upcoming ID. Buzz harkens back to the iconic Microbus design and formula of maximum space on a small footprint
- European-spec production vehicle joins Volkswagen’s “Building an Electric Future” exhibit, which debuted in November 2019
- The exhibit gives an inside look at future mobility through use of vehicles, design models and specially-created video
Volkswagen is pleased to announce that the ID. Buzz is now part of the “Building an Electric Future” exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The multimedia exhibit, which opened to the public in November 2019, celebrates Volkswagen’s rich and impactful history, both globally and locally, and showcases the design and construction of the vehicles of tomorrow.
The ID. Buzz is the newest addition to the growing fleet of Volkswagen all-electric vehicles and is anticipated to go on sale in Europe later this year — a long-wheelbase model is planned to debut for the North American market in 2023 and go on sale in 2024. The zero-tailpipe emission ID. Buzz transfers the design of one of the greatest automobile icons—the T1 Microbus—to the era of electric mobility. The short overhangs, spacious interior and available two-tone color palette pay homage to the past, while the high-tech interior, progressive and sustainably crafted design features, and EV technology marks it clearly as a vehicle of the future.
“Building an Electric Future” is the feature installation under the “Driving Toward Tomorrow” series of exhibits at the Petersen. The series addresses the automobile industry’s current work on the future of transportation design and displays actual concept vehicles being developed by a global selection of automobile manufacturers.
The exhibit consists of five rooms showcasing how Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix, or MEB platform, was engineered, the variety of models that are being planned, the uniquely flexible nature of the platform and how the vehicles will be assembled. Through the incorporation of multimedia features in each room, visitors have a variety of engaging ways to visualize new challenges faced by modern automakers and explore what driving will look like in the future. The final room of the exhibit will now include the European-specification Volkswagen ID. Buzz and give visitors an inside look at the company’s reinvention of the iconic Microbus.
To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its exhibits, please visit www.petersen.org. For more information about Volkswagen electric concept vehicles, please visit www.vw.com/electric-concepts/.