Volkswagen ID. Buzz

ID. Buzz – VW prepares for a double world premiere

Five years since the world premiere of ID. BUZZ concept in January 2017 at the Detroit Motor Show, Volkswagen is getting ready to bring the all-electric Bulli to the markets. On March 9th, the company will double premiere the emission-free vehicle in two versions – ID. Buzz (5-seater) and Buzz Cargo (van).

Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Credits – Volkswagen

Currently, in the final phase of trials of the ID. Buzz prototypes, the pre-production fleet is getting tested in various European cities.

Kai Grünitz, Head of Vehicle Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says “Before we start full production of the ID. Buzz, these final trials with vehicles practically matching the ultimate full-production specification provide us with indispensable input for the final fine-tuning.”

Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Credits – Volkswagen

Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, both the ID. Buzz variants will have 82 kWh (77 kWh usable) li-ion batteries. A 150 kW electric motor will provide the RWD vehicle with a torque of up to 310 Nm from a standing start. The top speed specifications are 145 km/h, electronically limited. Also, Volkswagen ID. Buzz will have a turning circle just over 11 meters.

Production of the new electric Bulli from Volkswagen will start in the first half of this year. European launches will be in the autumn. Also, the ID. Buzz is set to be marketed in the US, where it has a lot of eager fan followers. 

First forerunner of the ID. Buzz made its debut 50 years ago

The ID. Buzz is incidentally not the first Bulli with an electric drive system. Fifty years ago at the Hannover Trade Fair, Volkswagen was already showing a T2 as a first prototype powered by a rear-mounted electric motor. The maximum range of 85 kilometres showed, however, that the battery technology was still far from being suitable for practical use. But even back then in 1972, the dream was born: the dream of an emission-free Bulli. In 2022 it is now becoming reality.

Datasheet for the near-production model

ModelsID. Buzz (five-seater) / ID. Buzz Cargo (van, three seats in the front)
Drive system and performance
Typeall-electric rear-wheel drive
Max. power150 kW
Max. torque310 Nm
Battery capacity82 kWh gross, 77 kWh net
Top speed145 km/h, electronically limited
Driving rangeto follow at a later date
Turning circlejust over 11 metres
External dimensions
Width excluding exterior mirrors1,985 mm
Height1937 mm  (Cargo: 1,938 mm)
Length4,712 mm
Wheelbase2,988 mm
Load sill619 mm (five-seater), 623 mm (Cargo)
Interior dimensions
Luggage compartment volume ID. Buzzup to 1,121 litres
Cargo compartment volume ID. Buzz Cargoover 3.9 cubic meters
Note – The vehicle is a near-production concept car and has not gone on sale
yet.

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