Volkswagen Confirms its Building the Electric 'ID.California' Campervan
【Summary】Volkswagen has confirmed that its commercial vehicle division will produce the "ID. California" all-electric leisure vehicle. The electric version of the iconic campervan will share its platform with the upcoming Volkswagen ID Buzz.
The month of November was a rollercoaster ride for German car giant Volkswagen AG. First, the company stirred up a lot of excitement with the unveiling of its new ID.5 electric SUV coupe. Soon afterwards, the Supreme Court rejected the automaker's plea to avoid additional lawsuits in the U.S. for the 2015 dieselgate scandal. Nevertheless, Volkswagen is pushing forward with its new round of planning, which includes new electric models.
The company recently announced that it will introduce a reboot of its iconic VW Type 2 Transporter-based campervans. Volkswagen confirmed that its commercial vehicle division will produce the all-electric leisure vehicle, which will be called the "ID.California." The electric campervan will share its platform with the Volkswagen ID Buzz.
The ID.California moniker is a nod to the campervans that achieved great fame in the 1960's and 1970's in the Golden State. Volkswagen's manufacturing facility in Hanover, Germany will produce the two new EVs.
The VW ID Buzz and ID.California will share many components with VW's T6 Multivan that's been manufactured since 2015. However, earlier this year, the company unveiled its T7 Multivan, which makes the switch to Volkswagen Group's MQB platform on which the ID.California will be built.
VW's brand manager, Carsten Intra, did confirm that ID.California will combine carbon-neutral mobility with leisure activities. The newly announced electric van might even come equipped with amenities like cupboards and a built-in kitchenette.
It's also possible that Volkswagen will offer ID.California with the option of a modular bench seat that can convert into a bed. We also expect ID. California to get a pop-up roof which will allow it to double as a motorhome.
Volkswagen first unveiled the ID. Buzz EV back in 2017. The concept car featured a 111 kWh battery pack. We expect that the production version will also get a 100+ kWh battery.
With both EVs sharing the same platform, it is possible that the ID. California and ID. Buzz will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge.
Prices for Volkswagen ID. Buzz might start under $50,000. But with the ID.California's added campervan amenities, it might be a bit more expensive.
Production of ID.California electric campervan will likely start in 2025.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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