Volkswagen has a spiffy new MEB chassis designed specifically for electric cars. Technically, it is no different than the “skateboard” Tesla debuted in 2012 on the Model S — battery low and in the middle, motors at each end. And someday it may actually begin producing a car based on that architecture. It has created a new electric car division it calls I.D. and has plans to offer three models based on the MEB chassis — the I.D. four door sedan, the I.D. Crozz crossover SUV. and the I.D. Buzz, which will be a modern day reincarnation of the VW Microbus that was so popular with Grateful Dead fans.
The original I.D. Crozz was trotted out at the Shanghai auto show in the spring. For the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, that concept has been updated with more production ready styling. Volkswagen says it is headed to America and will be on sale in 2020. The I.D. Buzz won’t be along until 2023. Elon Musk could fly you to Mars and back in less time.