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VW Kombi EV plans confirmed ahead of 2022 release

The VW Kombi is coming back, and this time it will be electric.

The all-electric, all-new version of the Volkswagen Kombi will make it to production in 2022, the brand’s commercial vehicles arm has revealed.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plant in Hannover will be the production site for the production version of the ID Buzz, which the company describes as “a new version of the Volkswagen Bulli brand icon”. For the unaware, “Bulli” is the go-to nickname for the Kombi in Germany, just like "Microbus" is the preferred term in the US.

In 2022 the new version will start rolling down the production line, with chairman of VW Commercial Vehicles board of management, Thomas Sedran, stating the company’s expansion into EVs and self-driving cars will mean the new Kombi will change the way people think about people movers.

The VW I.D. Buzz concept shows you what to expect from the new Kombi. The VW I.D. Buzz concept shows you what to expect from the new Kombi.

“The Bulli of the future will come from Hannover! This secures the future of the brand and also of the site,” said Mr Sedran.

“We are investing several billion euros in sustainable mobility for light commercial vehicles, a large part of it in electric mobility. Together with the workforce, we want to take this drive technology to a new level in its everyday use.”

Mr Sedran explained that it won’t only be EV models built in Hannover - that the company will also produce diesel engines in the years to come, and also focus on hybrid models, too.

VW has confirmed the ID model range - which will also include a smaller hatchback, a cargo van and SUV - will be aimed at China and North America primarily, but VW Australia is believed to be keen to have the electric Kombi as part of its line-up.

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