The Buzz bus
Hippies rejoice! The VW Bus is back. And don’t worry – you can drive it with a clean conscience. That’s rights – after the PR nightmare of “Dieselgate,” the German automaker is emerging from the exhaust fumes with a brand-spanking new, redesigned electric version of its iconic, festivarian classic.
The bus 2.0, which is being called The Buzz, is one of 30 electronic models the company is currently working on.
“These cars will offer everything – and even more – than you have seen from other electric carmakers,” Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for Volkswagen in California.
But purists be forewarned – The Buzz is a more stylized, spaced-age version of the original. Exciting upgrades include all-wheel drive, front-seat swivel chairs that turn complete around (for those parents out there), “ambient lighting” and, we’d assume, plenty of cup holders. Best of all, the new bus comes with a whopping 368 horsepower and a nearly 300-mile range – a veritable Ferrari compared to the beloved magic bus of yesteryear.
Plus, as a way of making amends for the emissions scandal, Volkswagen told Wired magazine it plans to pour billions of dollars into building up the country’s e-charging infrastructure. That way, you won’t have to worry about running out of juice en route to Burning Man.
Alas, you’ll have to peace out for a few more years till you can get all road-trippy in one of these pups. The Buzz isn’t expected to hit U.S. shores until 2022. Which will give you plenty of time to save up. Although it’s still too early to get a firm price, similar electric vehicles are going in the $30- $40k range. But then again, it’s still a helluva lot cheaper than buying an original pristine restored bus from the 1960s, which have been known to fetch $200,000. That’s a lot of concert tickets.