The look of an automobile icon—VW’s T1 Microbus—returns in the era of electric mobility

VW’s T1 Microbus

For more than 70 years, the Volkswagen Bus has been an automotive icon. A trendsetting choice for American hippies and road-trippers, VW helped define van life. Rumors the popular bus would make a comeback floated 20 years ago, and now VW has confirmed a retro reboot—but with a twist.

The all-new electric VW Microbus is scheduled to launch this fall in Europe, and a North American debut featuring a long-wheelbase model is planned for 2023 with sales to begin in 2024.

Two zero-emission vehicles transfer the design of one of the greatest automobile icons—the T1 Microbus—to the era of electric mobility. Recycled materials...

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