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Volkswagen camper set to make return as electric van?

The 1967 Volkswagen camper.

The Volkswagen camper, the iconic niche vehicle fancied by surfers, Grateful Dead fans and camping families, may soon be available in the United States after a decade hiatus.

Volkswagen has officially discounted the prevalent rumor of the return of the Westfalia Camper edition. But Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the head of production of VW has reportedly said the bus will be back in a surprising way — as an electric vehicle.

Neusser, as reported on the web site, inhabit.com, has that detailed the camper will have a small electronic motor to power the front wheels. The battery pack will be under the floor.

The VW camper will include three design features reminiscent of the former bus: a wide, solid D-piller, the boxy center section and a short overhang.

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The website We Are Surfers also reported he new vehicle would be available with both four- and five-cylinder engines, and will have an estimated MSRP of $25,000.

According to Neusser, Volkswagen is investing $10 million into the electric charging infrastructure.

The current VW camper is currently available in Europe and is called the Californian. It’s the sixth-generation of the VW T series van.

The California comes in three trim levels: base, Coast, and Ocean. The base model includes the pop top, window shades, and a removable picnic table and folding chairs. The Coast brings more of the camping experience, with a sink, stove, and built-in cooler.

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