Wolfsburg/Germany: German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen, after nearly five years of giving hints, has unveiled its long-awaited electric reincarnation of its minibus, ID. Buzz and its commercial equivalent ID. Buzz Cargo. The automaker also revealed that the production version of ID. Buzz is due to go on sale in European countries in the third quarter of 2022, and will launch in the United States in late 2023.
Volkswagen’s electric van ID. Buzz is a recreation of the Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus, officially known as the Kombi or Bulli, which was introduced in 1950 by the company as its second car model. Volkswagen still hasn’t unveiled the price of ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo.
German automaker said in a statement, adding it is the first in a series of prototypes released in the past decade to successfully make it to production stage.
Ralf Brandstatter, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said “In the 1950s, the Volkswagen Bulli stood for a new feeling of automotive freedom, independence and great emotion. The ID. Buzz picks up on this lifestyle and transfers it into our time: emission-free, sustainable, fully networked and now ready for the next big chapter: autonomous driving. With this car, we are bringing together the core themes of our ACCELERATE strategy in one product for the first time.”
The latest version of ID. software brings state-of-the-art assist systems such as ‘Travel Assist with swarm data’ and automated parking to the range. “Bidirectional charging enables the integration of the ID. Buzz into the home energy system. The car can feed unneeded energy from the battery into the customer’s home network,” read the tweet of Volkswagen.
Made in Hanover with modules supplied mostly by Volkswagen Group Components in Germany, the vehicle runs on an 82 kWh lithium-ion battery and can reach a maximum speed of 90 miles an hour, Volkswagen said.
The ‘Plug & Charge’ technology enables the ID. Buzz to be charged while out and about with up to 170 kW. The vehicle provides space for five persons and 1,121 liters of luggage. Other versions with batteries offering different power outputs will follow next year, the company said.
ID. Buzz looks and Design
In terms of looks and design, the ID. Buzz has taken inspiration from the VW Bus T1 model of the 1950s. The EV comes with short front overhangs and the iconic front with its V-shaped front panel between, along with modern LED headlights. The bumper comes with a unique diamond pattern grille that creates the effect of pixelation, and you also get a set of EV-style wheels. The boxy rear section comes with slim smoked LED taillights, which are connected by an LED bar. VW offers optional two-tone paintwork as well. The cabin design on the other hand is modern while the colour treatment is retro. You get the large central touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, flat-bottom steering wheel, and all other modern elements. VW even says that it has used recycled synthetic materials and the interior is completely free of any real leather.