After countless electric conversions for the classic VW buses, Volkswagen is finally making an electric people carrier real. While the Volkswagen ID. Buzz is not quite the iconic VW Bus, it does have the classic’s spirits and a hint of the Vanagon’s aesthetic.
Somehow, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz felt like the marriage of the two classics with modern lines and a modern drivetrain. There is an ID. Buzz Cargo too, an electric cargo hauler.
The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz is based on the same platform as the ID.3 electric hatchback and as such, it benefits from the same 201 HP, 150-kW electric motor which drives the rear wheels.
The electric motor is paired to a 77 kWh battery, which similarly, supports 170 kW charging that, when used with a fast charger, is capable of taking it from 5 to 80 percent in 30 minutes.
Still on the charging… the new Volkswagen ID. Buzz supports bi-directional charging, allowing it to be integrated into your home energy system to power household appliances like blenders, TV, and whatnot.
The ID. Buzz has a somewhat utilitarian interior with room for 5 and boasts 1,121 liters (40 cubic feet) of cargo space or two euro pallets in the case of the Cargo. The cargo space can be further bumped up to as much as 2,205 liters (78 cubic feet) with the second-row seats folded.
Also on the inside is the requisite touchscreen infotainment system, plenty of storage, and USB ports, like a lot of it. The ID. Buzz has no less than 8 while the Cargo model has 5 USB ports. Why? Well because Volkswagen can!
The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will see a market launch this autumn in Europe with advance orders in select countries starting in May. As stateside, you probably won’t see it until 2024. Meanwhile, you may learn more about this exciting ride HERE.
All images courtesy of Volkswagen Group.