It’s not like I’m counting, but the ID. Buzz concept was first shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, in January 2017. When an automaker shows a hotly-anticipated concept like the original ID. Buzz, five years seems like an eternity.
Now, Volkswagen is showing us the European version of the 2023- ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo vans, surely some of the most compelling and mainstream electric cars we’ve seen yet. There’s an adage to never meet your heroes—could you imagine trying to reinvent one?
Note: this story is based on initial information about the European model.
No, the range hasn’t been quoted yet—but if the typical Volkswagen Bus (T1) owner is anything to go by—who cares? Just figure out a way to camp out for weeks as a rollable solar panel array trickle charges the 82 kWh battery. More on this in a moment.
Set to grow slightly in size when it does come to North America, this European version will ultimately set the stage for a vehicle that may serve reignite the minivan market.
Volkswagen didn’t change much from the concept…and that’s probably a good thing. Translating the dramatic, clean lines from the original concept into a production-ready product was skillfully pulled off (I think) by the design, engineering, and production teams at VW—this is not easy to do.
From recycled materials to interior mood lighting, it’s clear the company isn’t just dropping a van body on its existing MEB electric car platform that’s used in a wide range of other vehicles—from hatchbacks to SUVs—and expected to sit underneath approximately 80 percent of all electric VWs as early as 2025.
Question is: are we finally seeing what many electric car observers predicted? That once a large manufacturer figures out a so-called “skateboard” chassis where the battery, motors, and key components go, it’ll free the company to build better cars on top.
ID. Buzz interior
I think so. VW seems to (finally) be letting its hair down with this design and will even offer an optional 3rd front seat (as on the Cargo) for short-wheelbase passenger van versions. Expect the North American versions in 7-seat configuration once the long-wheelbase debuts.
So yeah, you can get it with massage seats.
From two-tone organic paint-based colour palettes to a few Jeep-like interior trim “Easter eggs”, there’s a lot to cover with the ID. Buzz. As usual, I’ll stick to what’s important and link to the rest: there’s a huge amount of cargo space, there’s no leather used (replaced by an alternative), and recycled materials are used throughout.
Not that drivers and passengers will have much stationary time to enjoy the interior: DC fast charging is claimed to deliver a 5-80% charge in 30 minutes.
Being electric, it will not run on vegetable oil, hugs, or drugs—but it could probably power a few USB-C lights or charge your laptop.
If that’s not enough, with its standard 82 kWh (77 kWh net) battery pack onboard from 12 modules VW has built in bi-directional charging capability, aka vehicle-to-home. With power transfer and communication using an optional DC (bi-directional) wall box, this will at least open up a number of possibilities for property owners of remote cabins.
Infotainment is handled by a 10 or 12-inch “Digital Cockpit” display. Expect over-the-air updates that add functionality from what is mentioned in the release linked below.
ID. Buzz Cargo
Not that drivers and passengers will have much stationary time to enjoy the interior: DC fast charging is claimed to deliver a 5-80% charge in 30 minutes. I’ll be sure to share the first road tests from Europe on the speedster.news Front Page as soon as they’re available from a reputable source.
It’ll surely be quicker than most other VW vans, but no rocket ship. Figure a 201 horsepower electric motor, driving the rear axle and maximum torque of 229 lb-ft, with a top speed limited to 90 mph. Beyond the specs, VW says: “More battery versions with various power output levels are expected to follow in 2023.”
Translation: all-wheel-drive is coming.
Be sure to enlarge the gallery images below, read the official sources…and get ready: if VW has its way, the ID. Buzz is poised to push #vanlife into the future.
ID. Buzz details
ID. Buzz Concept (2017)
2023- Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo
- ID. Buzz (five-seater), ID. Buzz Cargo (van, three seats in the front)
- type: all-electric rear-wheel drive
- max. power: 150 kW (201 horsepower)
- max. torque: 310 Nm (229 lb-ft)
- battery capacity: 82 kWh gross, 77 kWh net
- AC charging power (alternating current): 11 kWh
- DC charging power (direct current) at fast-charging stations: up to 170 kWh
driving performance and turning circle
- top speed: 145 km/h, electronically limited (90 mph)
- driving range: to follow at a later date
- turning circle: just over 11 meters (36.4 ft)
- Non-metallic: ‘Candy White’
- Metallic: ‘Mono Silver’, ‘Lime Yellow’, ‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’ and ‘Bay Leaf Green’
- Pearl-effect: ‘Deep Black’
- Two-tone: ‘Candy White’ in combination with ‘Lime Yellow’, ‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’ or ‘Bay Leaf Green’
- Zero-tailpipe emission electric drive system
- Leather replaced by non-animal material
- Use of partial recycled materials in seat covers, floor coverings and roof liner
- Start of European ID. Buzz Cargo production: first half of 2022
- Start of European ID. Buzz production: first half of 2022
- European launch (initial countries): third quarter of 2022
- Start of advance sales in Europe (initial countries): May 2022
- ==North American== debut of long wheelbase: 2023
- ==North American== sales launch: 2024
- width excluding wing mirrors: 1,985 mm (78.1 in)
- height: ID. Buzz: 1937 mm (76.3 in); ID. Buzz Cargo: 1,938 mm (76.3 in)
- length: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
- wheelbase: 2,988 mm (117.6 in)
- load sill: ID. Buzz: 619 mm (24.4 in); ID. Buzz Cargo: 623 mm (24.5 in)
- ID. Buzz: up to 1,121 liters (39.6 cu ft); ID. Buzz Cargo: 3.9 cubic meters (137.7 cu ft), room for two euro pallets
- Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ main plant in Hannover, Germany
|world premiere of the ID. Buzz lineup • Volkswagen on YouTube