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What is it?

A fully elec­tric and fu­ture-proofed hippy mo­bile, just with­out win­dows or back seats. Or mildly hal­lu­cino­genic drugs. The orig­i­nal Volk­swa­gen Type 2 van brought back to zero-emis­sions life.

A 48kWh lithium-ion bat­tery is in­cluded as stan­dard, al­though a 111kWh bat­tery can be specced for those fur­ther-afield jobs, says VW, for a range of 310 miles.

There’s a so­lar roof and wide-open­ing rear doors, plus a slid­ing door on the pas­sen­ger side to op­ti­mise in­te­rior space for shelv­ing and the like. Up front are three seats, al­though the mid­dle one can be folded down to act as an on-the-move of­fice with in­te­grated lap­top. The steer­ing wheel also re­tracts into the dash when the Level 4 au­ton­omy is in use.

Can I buy one?

Flower sten­cils and Daily Sports at the ready be­cause, yes, VW has con­firmed it will go into pro­duc­tion in van, pas­sen­ger and camper con­fig­u­ra­tions, but we’ll have to wait un­til 2022 to get our hands on one. It’ll be one of 30 (yes, thirty) fully elec­tric mod­els that Volk­swa­gen wants to have on sale by 2025.

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