VW ID. Buzz: Iconic microbus reimagined as all-electric vehicle

Date Posted 10th March 2022
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Volkswagen has revealed the ID. Buzz: a radical reimagining of the ageless and iconic Bulli microbus.

“In the 1950s, the Volkswagen Bulli stood for a new feeling of automotive freedom, independence and great emotion. The ID. Buzz picks up on this lifestyle and transfers it into our time: emission-free, sustainable, fully networked.” commented Ralf Brandstätter, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

Originally shown at the Concours d’Elegance in 2017, the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are launching across Europe with a 77 kWh battery which provides current to a 150 kW electric motor to drive the rear axle.

The position of the battery, integrated deep down in the sandwich floor, and the lightweight electric drive system result in a good distribution of weight and a low vehicle centre of gravity. Both factors optimise the handling and agility.

The battery can be charged from wall boxes or public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). Via a CCS plug connector at a DC rapid-charging station, it increases to as much as 170 kW. When charged in this way, the battery charge level rises from 5 to 80% in about 30 minutes.

Reasonably compact, the ID. Buzz is 4,712mm long with a wheelbase of 2,988mm. This doesn’t impact how spacious the interior is: five people have ample room for travelling and for their luggage (1,121 litres of capacity). If the second row of seats is folded down, the load capacity increases to up to 2,205 litres.

Two or three seats up front, as the customer desires, and a fixed partition separating off the 3.9 m3 cargo space are distinctive features of the ID. Buzz Cargo. The zero-emission cargo version can take two loaded euro pallets, loaded in transversely.

The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will come onto the market in the first few European countries this autumn. Advance sales are due to start in May, with pricing to be revealed then.