FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group's commercial vehicles unit has used the summer break to remodel its manufacturing plant in Hanover, Germany, to build the retro-styled ID Buzz battery-powered minivan.
The ID Buzz is a modern-day, zero emissions reboot of VW's Microbus.
It is due to launch in 2020 and will join VW's growing lineup of full-electric cars based on the new MEB platform that includes the ID3 and ID4. The ID Buzz is expected to be offered in commercial and passenger variants with Level 3 self-driving technology.
VW unveiled its ID Buzz concept van in 2017.
The Hanover factory has also undergone remodeling to build the latest version of VW's Multivan, which will be offered with combustion and hybrid powertrains, and is due next year.
As part of the overhaul, VW said that employees had completed over 500 modernization and maintenance tasks that included setting up new machines or integrating the new models into existing processes.
Currently, the plant builds combustion-powered variants of the T6.1 Transporter van.