Van Volkswagen T1 Deluxe (Samba Bus) with a trailer, 1966.

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Volkswagen to Launch Groovy New Electric VW Bus

They're also working on an eco-friendly hatchback and crossover SUV

July 30, 2018

German automaker Volkswagen says it will soon release an electronic version of the automaker's iconic hippie microbus by the year 2022.

The bus is actually one of 30 electronic vehicles that the company hopes to release over the next few years. VW also released concept art for both a hatchback and a crossover SUV. The hope is that all three models will pave the way for a more environmentally-friendly line of cars.

Speaking to, Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand in California said, "For me, the Buzz concept is the most beautiful and most exciting electric car in the world." Dr. Diess also laid out the plan for the company, saying "Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen." Adding, "These cars will offer everything – and even more – than you have seen from other electric car makers." "And they will be much more affordable."

Plus, as a means of reconciling for their heinous history of diesel-fueled engines and pollution, WIRED says that Volkswagen has agreed to pour millions of dollars into funding the expansion of charging stations across America.