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Volkswagen ID. Buzz

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Volkswagen ID. Buzz
2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz front view.jpg
2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz
ProductionJune 2022 – present
AssemblyGermany: Hanover[1]
Body and chassis
Light commercial vehicle
Body style5-door minivan/panel van
PlatformVolkswagen Group MEB
Electric motorAPP 310 permanent magnet brushless motor
Power output201 PS (198 hp; 148 kW) (RWD)[2]
Battery82 kWh lithium-ion (RWD; 77 usable)[2]
Wheelbase2,988 mm (117.6 in)[3] (SWB)
Length4,712 mm (185.5 in)[3] (SWB)
Width1,985 mm (78.1 in)[3]
Height1,937 mm (76.3 in)[3]
PredecessorVolkswagen Type 2

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a battery electric minivan produced by German manufacturer Volkswagen. Based on the dedicated battery electric MEB platform, it is the first production electric minivan from Volkswagen and part of the Volkswagen ID. series.[3]

The vehicle was first shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The production vehicle was unveiled in March 2022 with production starting in June, and European deliveries in the second half of the year with two models: a five-seater under the name ID. Buzz, and a cargo van as the ID. Buzz Cargo.[3] U.S. availability is slated for 2024 in a long-wheelbase version.[2] This version will also be used for the California campervan variant of the ID. Buzz.


Rear view
Rear view

Responding to positive feedback and strong consumer interest for the ID. Buzz Concept shown at Detroit and Geneva in 2017, CEO Herbert Diess announced in August that VW would put the vehicle into production and begin selling it in 2022.[4]

The production version of the ID. Buzz debuted on 9 March 2022.[3][2] It is one of nine new Volkswagen brand models based on the MEB platform.[5][6] The ID. Buzz will be available in Europe the second half of 2022, and the US in 2024.[2] Pre-orders in Europe began in May. Series production started in June, with an annual capacity of 130,000 units.[7] The first deliveries are scheduled for fall 2022.[8]

The ID. Buzz is produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover;[8] because prior ID. series vehicles have been built at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel Plant, the Hanover factory needed to be retooled to accommodate EV assembly.[9] Although the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant began building the MEB-based ID.4 in 2021 for the US market,[10] Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh stated in January 2022 that bringing production of US ID. Buzz models to Chattanooga is unlikely.[11]

In Europe, it will launch in two configurations, a five-seater passenger van, and a cargo van; initially, a short-wheelbase version with rear-wheel drive will be available.[2] A long-wheelbase version will debut in 2023, and will be the only version for sale in the US when it goes on sale in 2024.[2]


According to product lead Jeffrey Lear, the styling of the ID. Buzz was chosen to "be modern and fresh and exciting for folks who may not have even been around [during the 1960s and 70s]" while retaining cues to the original Type 2 (T1)/Microbus, including the prominent front-mounted logo and (optional) two-tone paint.[12] Head of Volkswagen Design Jozef Kabaň stated "we are transferring this T1 DNA to the present day and thus into the era of electric mobility ... the ID. Buzz is timeless, sustainable and yet also extremely functional".[8]


At 2,988 mm (117.6 in), the wheelbase of the ID. Buzz (SWB) is similar to that of the current Volkswagen Transporter (T6); it is 81 mm (3.2 in) wider than the T6 and features a turning circle of 11.1 m (36 ft),[8] which is approximately the same as a Golf.[13]



The SWB/RWD passenger version is equipped with five seats; behind the rear bench seat, there is 1,121 l (39.6 cu ft) of cargo area.[8][13] Three rows of seating will be made available later; for the SWB model, each row will have two seats for a total capacity of six, while on the long-wheelbase (LWB) model, the middle row will accommodate three for a total capacity of seven.[12] With the second row folded down on the five-passenger SWB/RWD model, cargo capacity increases to 2,205 l (77.9 cu ft).[8] The ID. Buzz Cargo has two or three seats in the first row only with a fixed partition; behind the partition, the Cargo version has a capacity of 3,900 l (138 cu ft).[8][13]

Seating surfaces use recycled plastics. There is no leather option.[12]

The vehicle's instruments are displayed on a 130 mm (5.3 in) screen.[13] In-car entertainment and climate controls are provided on a second centrally-positioned screen; the standard infotainment screen is 250 mm (10 in), with a 300 mm (12 in) screen as an option.[12] The vehicle is equipped with up to eight USB ports.[13]

Driving assistance features

Both the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz cargo are equipped with the 'Car2X' local warning system to identify hazards in real-time, using signals from transportation infrastructure and other vehicles; in addition, both are equipped with a collision avoidance system (CAS) branded 'Front Assist', which provides automated emergency braking. The passenger version is equipped with 'Lane Assist', which is another CAS designed to keep the vehicle in its travel lane.[8]

Optional assistance features include 'Travel Assist with swarm data', which automates some driving tasks, including lane changes, and 'Memory Function', allowing the vehicle to park itself on a previously saved route.[8]



The ID. Buzz Cargo is based on the short wheelbase version with a minimal number of seats and no rear window. The rear of the vehicle, which is separated by a partition, is 3.9 m3 (137.7 cu ft) and can carry up to two Euro pallets. Depending on the configuration, there is space in the vehicle for either two (two individual seats) or three (a double bench and a driver's seat) seats.[14][15]


The initial short-wheelbase (SWB) version is equipped with rear-axle APP 310 motor with an output of 150 kW (201 hp) and 310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft).[12]

The coefficient of drag is 0.285 for the SWB passenger version and 0.29 for the Cargo.[13]

The SWB/RWD version has an 81 kW-hr battery, of which 77 kW-hr are usable; the estimated driving range is 400–480 km (250–300 mi).[12][13] The vehicle can accept power at a rate of up to 11 kW using an AC source, or 170 kW at a DC fast-charging station; at the latter rate, the 81/77 kW-hr battery will charge from 5% to 80% in 30 minutes.[12] It will be capable of bidirectional V2X supply, supplying power to the electrical grid or a household as needed,[12] although this feature is not expected to be implemented for the US model.[2] A future software update is planned to allow Plug & Charge functionality, where the vehicle will authenticate itself at a compatible DC fast-charging station via the ISO 15118 standard.[8]

Future development

ID. California

In December 2021, Volkswagen confirmed the ID. Buzz would be used as the basis for a future motorhome version, tentatively named ID. California.[16] VW currently market a T6-based campervan in Europe as the Volkswagen California.[17]

Autonomous driving

According to the chief executive of VW Autonomy, Alex Hitzinger, the ID. Buzz minivan is the basis of Volkswagen's self-driving automobile,[18] and could be used for VW's ride-pooling service branded MOIA, competing with Uber.[19] MOIA launched in April 2019, serving Hamburg, Germany, after a 2018 trial with a small fleet of battery electric Multivan T6 vehicles.[20] The autonomous features are part of the "I.D. Pilot" mode, which is anticipated to become available in 2025.[21]

In 2021, late prototype versions of the production ID. Buzz were fitted with autonomous vehicle hardware and software from Argo AI for testing on public roads in Munich and at the company's private test track near the Munich airport. Previously in 2019, VW had invested US$2.6 billion in Argo as part of a partnership with Ford Motor Company to develop autonomous vehicles.[22]

Concept versions

Volkswagen ID. BUZZ (concept)
Volkswagen press conference, IAA 2017, Frankfurt (1Y7A2075).jpg
ID. BUZZ at the IAA 2017
DesignerEinar Castillo
Electric motorAPP 310 permanent magnet brushless motor
Power output
  • 200 kW (270 PS; 270 hp) (RWD)
  • 275 kW (374 PS; 369 hp) (4WD)
  • 83 kWh (RWD)
  • 111 kWh[5] (4WD)
Electric range435–600 km (270–373 mi)[23]
Wheelbase3,300 mm (129.9 in)[24][21]
Length4,942 mm (194.6 in)[24][21]
Width1,976 mm (77.8 in)[24][21]
Height1,963 mm (77.3 in)[24][21]
PredecessorVolkswagen BUDD-e
Rear view (IAA, 2019)
Rear view (IAA, 2019)

Concept car descriptions in 2017 indicated the electric microbus could be produced in two versions: a high-end 275 kW (369 hp) all-wheel-drive version with one motor each on the front and rear axles and an 111 kilowatt-hours (400 MJ) battery pack,[21] and a less-expensive 200 kW (268 hp) rear-wheel-drive version with an 83 kWh (300 MJ) battery pack.[5]

Cargo variant

ID. BUZZ CARGO concept at the LA Auto Show (2018)
ID. BUZZ CARGO concept at the LA Auto Show (2018)

The I.D. Buzz Cargo (stylized as the ID. BUZZ CARGO) debuted at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover[25] as a support vehicle for the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Hillclimb racer. The Cargo has a maximum estimated cargo capacity of 1,760 lb (800 kg) and uses the simplified rear-drive powertrain.[26]

The Cargo prototype was shown in October 2019 at Nike stores in Santa Monica, California; Chicago; and New York City with retro livery branded "Blue Ribbon Sports", the predecessor company to athletic apparel manufacturer Nike, Inc.[27]

The concept vehicle was first shown as a prototype at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit,[28] then shown again at Geneva in March.[29] Members of the automotive press were invited to drive the concept during Monterey Car Week later that year, in August,[30] where it was also announced that a production vehicle based on this prototype will be launched.[31]

See also


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