The VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus has been revealed, and it will be available in the United States in 2024.

VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus – Overview

Volkswagen is finally bringing back its legendary Microbus as an all-new EV after more than 30 years and several unfulfilled hints at an earlier comeback.

These are the first photographs of the production ID.Buzz that has been released.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The VW ID.Buzz, for 2024, the new rendition of the classic Volkswagen Bus, bears a resemblance to Volkswagen’s iconic vans from the 1960s and 1970s on the outside but is entirely modern on the inside.
  • The ID.Buzz is based on VW’s modular MEB chassis and appears to be roomy and airy on the interior while being only 0.4 inches shorter than the Cadillac Escalade.
  • The Buzz will not be available in the United States until the 2024 model year, and when it does, it will be a longer-wheelbase vehicle with three rows of seats.

Powertrains

VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus
VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus

Aside from the lack of a psychedelic disguise, the prototype version of the bus’s freight sibling that we drove in Europe last month is strikingly identical.

It gets a similar MEB platform as the Audi Q4 e-tron and the ID.4. Volkswagen’s designers have had far more wheelbase than they would have had if they had to bundle a tall, bulky combustion engine.

The Buzz’s battery pack is positioned beneath its floor, like its EV sisters, converting a significant portion of its 185.5-inch total length into usable inside space while fulfilling current impact safety regulations on both sides of the Atlantic. (Its air-cooled predecessors were not known for their crashworthiness.)

Dimensions

VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus
VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus

This ID.Buzz is the European-spec model with a wheelbase of 117.6 inches. Volkswagen has stated that this model will not be available in the United States.

Instead, all American models will have a somewhat longer expanded wheelbase and three rows of seating. (Interestingly, the standard-wheelbase van will be available in Europe with a three-row option in a 2-2-2 layout.)

With a width of 78.1 inches, the ID. Buzz is nearly six inches wider than a T.3 Vanagon and has a height of 76.3 inches; it’s only a third of an inch shorter than a Cadillac Escalade.

Battery Pack

VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus
VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus

Under the hood, the car you see here and the one sold in the United States differ in several ways.

The ID for a wheelbase with a regular length of travel.

Buzz will be powered by an 82.0-kWh battery pack, with 77.0 kWh useable, which will power a 201-hp electric motor at the back axle.

C/D has learned that the US-market version will have a larger battery pack. An all-wheel-drive ID. Buzz with a second electric front motor will be available.

It is expected to be at least as powerful as the 295-horsepower all-wheel-drive ID.4. Volkswagen hasn’t disclosed a range figure in Europe.

We hope the larger battery in the US version allows a similar formation under the more stringent EPA system.

It is expected to be at least as powerful as the 295-horsepower all-wheel-drive ID.4. Volkswagen hasn’t disclosed a range figure in Europe.

We hope the larger battery in the US version allows a similar formation under the more stringent EPA system.

Our ID, on the other hand. Buzz will be equipped with Volkswagen’s plug-and-charge technology, which allows the Buzz to be identified by a charging station as soon as it is plugged in.

This eliminates the need to mess with cards or apps to unlock the charger.

In addition, it will enable DC rapid charging at up to 170 kW.

Interior Design

VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus
VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus

A giant glasshouse and a plethora of storage compartments and oddment areas, including a moveable and removable center console between the front seats, give it a spacious, light, and airy appearance.

Luxury features rarely found on vans, even those with windows, such as power-operated seats with a massage function and adjustable ambient lighting, will be available on top-spec automobiles.

The VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus has been revealed, and it will be available in the United States in 2024.
VW ID.Buzz Electric Microbus

There will be ten standard colors and 30 if the extended palette is selected. The European ID is a standard for digital instruments. Buzz comes with either a 10-inch or 12-inch touchscreen display depending on the trim level.

We hope VW installs a more intelligent UI system than the ID.4’s now available.

Date of Launch

The new ID.Buzz will be built at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plant in Hannover, Germany, where both passenger and cargo versions (for the European market) will be produced side by side.

Sales in Europe will begin in the third quarter of this year, but we’ll have to wait a little longer: sales in North America won’t start until 2024.

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