Rumours had begun to circulate about the re-rise of the famous VW hippie van, a beloved road-trip staple and unparalleled adventure vehcle. Board member, Dr. Heinz- Jakob Neusser let the cat out of the bag at the recent New York Auto Show that Volkswagen is working on producing an electric version of the classic camper bus.
Volkswagen’s Electric Van / Mini Bus
A long time of sourcing VW transports from Kijiji, Craigslist and auto-trader websites have long left van enthusiasts wondering why production for the popular vehicle ever ended in any case. The first VW camper was produced in 1950, and in the ’70s, production for the iconic bus was outsourced to Brazil because of various changing German well being regulations. In 2013, the assembly-line was halted all together in light of the fact that the vehicles failed to meet a 2014 modification to Brazilian safety standards, including the requirements of ABS and multiple airbags.
The rumours have been confirmed that Volkswagen is producing an electric version of the classic camper bus.
owever, with these requirements and a vision of re-strengthening sales in the US, it seems that Volkswagen may be re-presenting the cult-classic with a modern twist of sustainability to create the ultimate form of hippy transportation. Neusser spoke to Autocar about the importance of maintaining a number of “very important”
original hippy-bus features. “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.”
Re-launching the VW hipie-bus appears too good to be tru.—is it possible that Neusser is just getting our hopes up? Tragically the new electric model of the hippie classic van is still a concept van, and releasing it to the masses depends largely on manufacturing cost. As Outsideonline points out, the company has a reputation of teasing hippy-bus diehards with promises of re-initiating the VW factory lines with updated versions of the classic vehicle, including the 2001 Retro Microbus and 2011 Bulli. Still, it’s worth noting that neither of these versions hold a candle to the original design. If Volkswagen does revive the old bus from the dead, we can only keep our fingers crossed that it maintains the original aesthetic, rather than slapping the VW logo on a Yaris and trying to make it cool, like the aforementioned 2011 concept. Read Also: Aqua Cars