Volkswagen ID Buzz Electric Van: Specs, Price, Release Date


Sure, it is lastly right here. After years of glimpses and half reveals, Volkswagen has taken the covers off the manufacturing model of its all-electric ID Buzz. And like all of the EVs we like most right here at WIRED, it is bought character—luggage of it. In all probability much more than might be squeezed into its microbus proportions.

With a flat entrance, lengthy wheelbase, brief overhangs, and a styling that pleasingly echoes the hippie bus of previous, the ID Buzz is a world means from VW’s newer, not totally profitable, forays in EV van territory. Regardless of the VW T1, or “Bulli,” appears, this multipurpose automobile is definitely based mostly on the identical platform because the ID.3 electrical hatchback. This implies the ID Buzz has a 201-bhp, 150-kW electrical motor driving the rear wheels. The on-board battery is 77 kWh, and whereas there is not a confirmed vary for the ID Buzz but, we are able to count on round 250 miles.

The ID Buzz, left, has area for households and baggage whereas the ID Buzz Cargo suits two 1,200- by 800-mm pallets.

{Photograph}: MARTIN MEINERS/Volkswagen

The ID Buzz individuals service and ID Buzz Cargo van even have 170-kW charging, in order that battery might be charged from 5 to 80 p.c in half-hour if you’ll find a robust charger. The Buzz additionally apes the talent we like finest on the Kia EV6, as each fashions may have bi-directional charging as commonplace. What does this imply? Not solely do you have to be capable to use your Buzz to energy family home equipment like a juicer or blender or TV, you’ll be able to, in idea, put energy again into the grid. Certainly, VW is even suggesting house owners can use the characteristic to chop vitality payments, by charging a Buzz through the day on low-cost electrical energy, then feed this again into your property storage battery (if in case you have one) to be used within the night. The ability switch and auto communication to do that happen by way of a particular DC bi-directional wall field.

Manufacturing of the ID Buzz begins later this 12 months, with first deliveries due within the autumn in Europe. For these obsessives ready for the all-electric ID Buzz California camper van, that possible will not be surfacing till 2025 on the earliest. For now, the people-carrying Buzz must do.

Have a look at that beautiful inside made with “non-animal” materials!

{Photograph}: Ingo Barenschee/Volkswagen

However there’s plenty of element right here to rejoice. Within the Buzz there’s room for 5 individuals and their baggage, with 1,121 liters (40 cubic ft) of capability. If the second row of seats is folded, that capability will increase to as much as 2,205 liters (78 cubic ft). You get the selection of both two or three seats up entrance. For Cargo customers, a hard and fast partition separates you from the three.9-cubic-meter (138-cubic-foot) rear area.


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