Updated on 2021-12-10
Let’s hope VW brings the ID.California to North America. I’d buy one.
Volkswagen has confirmed the upcoming ID.California campervan based on the ID.Buzz. The project got greenlighted by today’s supervisory board meeting and is expected to reach the market in the second half of the decade.
According to the automaker, there is high demand for the California range in many countries, with orders significantly and continually increasing during the past few months. Thus, the board approved the capital expenditure for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to start the development of the first fully electric California.
The ID.California will expand VW’s range of campervans that currently includes the Caddy California micro camper, and the 6.1 California based on the Transporter. Back in 2017, VW showed us the Crafter-based California XXL concept however this hasn’t reached production yet.
The campervan variant of the ID.Buzz will ride on the MEB platform – probably using the longer wheelbase bodystyle as a base for maximum interior space. Given that it will be designed for longer trips, it will likely get the larger 111 kWh battery pack allowing for adequate range, plus providing power for camping-related appliances. In terms of design, the ID. California is expected to get the signature pop-up roof allowing passengers to stand inside the cabin and creating space for an extra sleeping area. It could also get a kitchenette, and clever storage compartments, benefiting from the flat floor of the electric architecture.
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