It’s Back To The Future…of Fun with the all-electric ID.BUZZ
With a technology-packed cockpit and a roomy interior with seating for up to 7 adults, the all-electric ID.BUZZ concept will spark the imaginations of a whole new generation of Volkswagen owners — just like it transported a generation, a generation ago.
The legendary VW Bus mad its way to Woodstock, Altamont and the beach — Volkswagen is showing off the ID. Buzz at South by Southwest next month. The all-electric van is the latest design of Volkswagen’s so loved bus and will fit in well at one of the cultural festivals in the United States.
The ID. Buzz is expected to roll out with single or dual-motor configurations. Just like the motor options, there will likely be battery options, perhaps following the current 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh options available in current VW EVs.
The I.D. Buzz concept, upon which the production ID.Buzz is based, has a 111-kWh battery pack in the floor of its chassis. VW says the battery can be recharged to about 80% of capacity in as little as 30 minutes at 150 kW. And unlike the Type 2 original VW bus (but very much like the original VW Beetle), the new 2024 VW ID.Buzz will have a front trunk, or a frunk.
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz, the spiritual successor to its legendary Type 2 Microbus, will ride on the modular MEB all-electric platform.
The VW ID.Buzz has a long wheelbase with short overhangs, which translates to a super roomy 7-seat interior without being overly large. VW says this new electric Microbus has the overall footprint of a mid-size sedan but the generous interior space of a large SUV.
And because of its fully modern all-electric architecture, the production ID.Buzz is an outstanding platform for connectivity and automated driving. However, before the U.S. ID.Buzz gets any high level of driving automation, VW will first test it thoroughly in Europe.
Style-wise, it’s apparent to us that the VW ID.Buzz is designed to recall the original Type 2 Microbus without copying it.
A rear-motor version with about 200 horsepower and a range of about 250 miles, and a dual-motor version with about 300 horsepower and an expected range of 230 miles.
Europe gets the German-built ID.Buzz first. It arrives there in 2022 as a passenger van or commercial work van with a short or long wheelbase. In 2023, the U.S. gets only the long-wheelbase passenger version as a 2024 model.
See ya’ at the beach!