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The VW Microbus is Back, But This Time It’s Battery-Powered

Posted September 13, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

“Iconic” is an overused adjective, but in the case of the Volkswagen microbus, officially the “Type 2 Transporter,” it’s a fitting one. The van, indelibly linked to the 1960s, carries a shape that’s almost universally recognized, and despite its shortcomings, restored examples of early Type 2s continue to sell for six-figure prices. Volkswagen hasn’t sold a bus here (excluding the Chrysler-built Routan minivan) since 2003, but thanks to the popularity of the brand’s I.D. Buzz concept, that changes for the 2022 model year.

Announced during the recent Monterey Car Week, Volkswagen will be building a microbus for the 21st Century, targeting the North American, European, and Chinese markets. Unlike the original, this version won’t be underpowered, and it won’t even use an internal combustion engine. The I.D. Buzz, assuming the van makes it to market with the same name, will be battery-powered, propelled by a pair of electric motors – one in each axle – producing a combined 369 horsepower and delivering the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive.

An icon of '60s counterculture gets rebirthed and modernized for 2022.

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09/14/2017 7:45 AM

Where is the flowered paint job and the pot smoke rolling out the windows?

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09/14/2017 7:56 AM

Cheap hippie finger paint doesn't stick to the plastic body and after the price tag for buying one hits them they cant afford the weed either.

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09/14/2017 6:11 PM

That's a wrap option in Calipornia...

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09/15/2017 8:06 AM

Farrrrr out dude!!! (sorry, had a flashback)

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09/14/2017 9:37 AM

Wouldn't it take some very precise electronics to drive both axles at the exact same time and with the exact same torque? Also accounting for the front wheels during turns and the differing turn radii of each wheel?

It seems cost prohibitive to be that precise and durable at the same time.

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No, it wouldn't. It's easily done with basic components.

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09/14/2017 11:00 AM

And that is why I don't do my own wiring.

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09/14/2017 2:05 PM

As mentioned by tcmtech it is simple fix to match wheel speed.

On the PIG (my avatar) it has two dc reversible gear motors which has to match speed.

We have quadrature encoders which puts out PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) from each motor. An Arduino is programmed to match the pulses and puts out another set of PWM pulses to drive each motor. If one wheel wears preferentially the pulses adjust for rotational speed.

It is not that much different than a traction control system.

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09/15/2017 4:16 PM

I had one of these back in 1962; a 23 window + sunroof. When I see the prices these buses are going for, I could kick myself around the block a dozen times. This is just one of my "lack of foresight" moments. How about also having a 1959 Karmann Ghia and a 1952 MG TD. I haven't stopped kicking myself since.

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369 horsepower? Why? Enough to send it to near 180 mph.

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