Pre-sales for Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo have begun this week in Europe, with customer deliveries set to begin this autumn.
Conceptually debuted at the Detroit Motor Show in 2017, the ID. Buzz is a contemporary reimagining of Volkswagen’s famous T1 minibus and has been “the face” of the brand’s ‘ACCELERATE’ electrification strategy since its launch earlier this year in March. Indeed, by 2030, VW targets “at least 70 per cent” of its sales in Europe will come from all-electric vehicles in an effort to reduce C02 emissions, per vehicle, by up to 40 per cent “on the Way to Zero” – i.e. climate-neutrality – by 2050.
Pre-sales began in Germany on Friday before extending to “most European markets” shortly thereafter. Set to be launched in high-spec ‘Pro’ trim, prices for the initial run of the ID. Buzz will start from €64,581.30 (just under $87,000), while its Cargo counterpart will be available from €54,430.60 (around $73,000).
Though prices have not yet been confirmed for the North American market, the ID. Buzz version will make its debut in long-wheelbase guise next year ahead of a full launch in 2024.
The ‘Pro’ will come as standard with diamond-cut 19-inch wheels, a choice of 11 different exterior colours, and two “smooth-running sliding doors” with tinted windows. The adjustable folding rear bench means luggage compartment capacity ranges from 1,121 to 2,205 litres.
Optional extras meanwhile range from seven different wheel and tire configurations (between 18- and 21-inch are available), illuminated door handles recesses, and the ‘Design Package’, among others. Driver assist systems like Dynamic Road Sign Display and Autonomous Emergency Braking come as standard.
Set to be built at Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles plant in Hannover, the passenger ID. Buzz – and the commercially-focused ID. Buzz Cargo – is the fourth all-electric Volkswagen built atop the EV-dedicated ‘Modular Electric Drive matrix’ (MEB) architecture following the IDs. 3, 4 and 5, as a recently released documentary on ‘the Bulli’ details.
VW has also confirmed that the ID. Buzz will feature the largest capacity battery yet for any member of the “ID family.” The 82 kWh battery pack (77 kWh usable) is bigger than the 58 kWh or 77 kWh lithium-ion examples available on the 3, 4, and/or 5, and will be equipped with a rear-driving 150 kW (201 hp) electric motor that also supplies around 228 lb-ft of torque. Range for the passenger ID. Buzz ‘Pro’ will be an estimated 421 km while the panel-sided Cargo betters this by 3 km. DC quick-charging capability, with boasts a maximum of 170 kW, means the battery can be topped from 5 to 80 per cent “in around 30 minutes.”