VW ID. Buzz: Electric microbus unveiled

It was finally here – the VW ID. Buzz and the transporter version Buzz Cargo premiered on the evening of March 9th. The electric Bulli is visually successful, we have all the information and pictures for you.

The ID. family now includes the ID. Buzz and the transporter version Buzz Cargo. The electric Bulli was presented to the public on March 9th. There is a lot to discover – we have the details for you.

  • VW ID.Buzz and Buzz Cargo premiere on March 9th
  • Completely animal-free material in the interior
  • Iconic design modernized
  • Bidirectional charging will be possible
  • A range of up to 550 kilometers is possible
  • Presale from May 2022
  • Market launch from September 2022

Specifications and exterior design

The ID Buzz brings back the icon, the T1 – and transforms it into the 21st century. The short overhangs are largely responsible for this appearance. The overall length of just 4.71 meters still offers a wheelbase of enormous 2.99 meters – the design follows the function, as with the first Bulli. The width of the two Buzz is 1.99 meters, the height varies between 1.94 and 1.98 meters depending on the equipment.

If you compare these dimensions with the new Multivan T6, you will notice that the Buzz is a good 20 centimeters shorter, but the wheelbase is almost identical. Thus, the ID. Buzz can use smaller parking spaces but offers almost as much space inside.

VW ID. Buzz

The shapes are retro but clean and are designed to give the Buzz excellent aerodynamics. The drag coefficient for the Buzz is 0.285, for the Buzz Cargo, it is 0.29. This reduces energy consumption and increases the range.

The turning circle of the Buzz is also comparatively small, it can turn in just 11.1 meters.

The headlights of the ID. Buzz is fully equipped with LEDs, in the top version IQ.-Light – LED matrix headlights are used. These are designed as strips and connect the headlights. Integrated into the middle, you can see another homage to the T1: the very large VW logo. At the rear, the rear lights are arranged horizontally and are also connected via a light strip.

VW ID. Buzz

In the year, the cargo version will also be available with a longer wheelbase. Both the Buzz and the Buzz Cargo will be available in two-tone paintwork – classic as it was then.

VW ID. Buzz interior and trunk

By default, VW launches the Buzz as a 5-seater. The rear seat bench can be adjusted in length and the Buzz is already equipped with two sliding doors as standard. Of course, there is also the classic tailgate that opens upwards, which releases a large amount of storage space. 1,121 liters fit in if you load the luggage compartment up to the upper edge of the backrests of the second row of seats. If you fold down the second row of seats, you can load a whopping 2,205 liters.

In ID. Buzz and the cargo version, for the first time at VW, materials of animal origin are completely dispensed with – the interior is fully vegan. Substitutes with similar properties are used. The steering wheel cross is made of polyurethane but is just as high quality as leather. Seat covers, floor coverings, and interior lining are made from recyclates, among other things – these are materials from recycled products.

VW ID. Buzz interior

Ambient lighting can also be ordered as an option, which illuminates the atmosphere in 30 different colors.

Details are an important element in buzz. For example, the little buzz that can be found in various places inside, as well as a small smiley that also puts a smile on your face. The so-called buzz box was specially developed for the buzz. It is designed as a storage compartment in the upper area, but can also be removed and offers space for useful things such as ice scrapers or bottle openers.

The Buzz Box is of course also available for the Buzz Cargo. Here it is designed differently, and designed for work. It offers a large compartment for a laptop or a clipboard and another cup holder.

The modern electric transporter Buzz Cargo is equipped with three seats in the driver’s cab as standard. A driver’s seat and a double bench seat are located in front. If you don’t want that, you can also order a single seat as an option. Behind the seats, there is a permanently attached partition to the load compartment, which can also be optionally purchased with a window and through-loading opening.

VW ID. Buzz

The size of the loading space is 3.9 m³, which offers enough space for two Euro pallets. The permissible total weight for the Buzz Cargo is 3,000 kilograms, the maximum payload is 650 kilograms. Of course, you can also properly secure the load, using lashing eyes on the floor and rails in the side walls.

To make loading and unloading easy, the Cargo is equipped with a tailgate that opens very wide and a sliding door on the passenger side. A second sliding door can also be ordered on request.

Engines, battery, and handling

The ID.Buzz and the Buzz Cargo come onto the market as a European version with a 77 kWh battery. This supplies a 150 kW electric motor with rear-wheel drive. The battery can be charged at an 11 kW wall box or, with a corresponding CCS plug, at a fast-charging station with an output of up to 170 kW. Anyone who does this can charge the Buzz from 5 to 80 percent within 30 minutes.

VW ID. Buzz

The Buzz will be able to load bidirectionally in the future, and there will always be over-the-air updates for this. A special DC BiDi wall box from VW will also be offered.

The Buzz’s top speed is 145 km/h, but that doesn’t mean the Buzz isn’t an agile vehicle. It can build up a maximum torque of 310 Nm from a standing start.

If you want to impress as a family bus, you also have to offer a sufficiently large range – and the ID. Buzz should also do that. A maximum of 550 kilometers should be able to be covered with one charge, but official information on the range is not yet available.

VW ID. Buzz

VW will give the ID. Buzz the latest ID. Treat the software and offer the Plug & Charge function. This means that the Buzz authenticates itself via a charging plug at a fast-charging station and automatically exchanges all the necessary data – so you no longer need a charging card at many charging stations.

VW ID. Buzz Prices and the start of sales

On March 9th the time had finally come. The VW double premiere has taken place. The ID Buzz and his Transporter brother ID. Buzz Cargo have presented themselves to the public after a long wait. The Buzz will first come onto the market in Europe with the Pro equipment, and the basic Pure version will follow later.

The start of production is planned for the first half of the year, advance sales are scheduled to start in May, and the ID. Buzz celebrates its market launch in Europe. It is not yet clear what the electric Bulli will cost. We estimate the starting price at around 55,000 euros.

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