Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have presented the world premiere of the ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo, the first range of fully electric passenger and delivery vehicles, yet another solution for sustainable mobility without CO2 emissions. The ID. Buzz has 150 KW and a battery of 77 kWh of net capacity with which it will reach around 400 km of autonomy. It will have new safety, comfort and charging functions.
Like all models in the ID. of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, the ID. Buzz, manufactured by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, is also based on the Group’s modular electric drive (MEB) platform. The world’s first scalable production platform for fully electric cars provides the foundation for different brands and all kinds of different models and segments. Its architecture allows for further evolutionary development of software and technology, which not only benefits new models such as the ID. Buzz, but also to models already delivered, through Over-The-Air upgrades.
Software ID. of the latest generation with new assistance and charging functions.The assistance systems of the new model line perfect driving ease and safety. The “Car2X” vehicle-to-vehicle communication system comes as standard on the ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo and uses signals from other vehicles and transport infrastructure to detect any danger in real time. Also included as standard are the “Front Assist” emergency braking system and, in the minivan, the “Lane Assist” lane departure warning system. With the new software, new assistance systems have come to the ID family. Travel Assist based on swarm intelligence data is also available. This system facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane change on the motorway. The “memory function” has also been added to automatically park on a previously saved route.
Up to 170 kW of charging power, “Plug & Charge” function and bidirectional charging.The ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo will launch in Europe with a 77 kWh battery (gross energy capacity: 82 kWh). This battery supplies power to a 150 kW electric motor which, like the flat engine in the T1 once did, drives the rear axle. The position of the battery, integrated into the bottom of the floor, and the lightweight electric propulsion system result in good weight distribution and a low center of gravity for the vehicle. Both factors optimize the handling and agility of the same. The lithium-ion battery can be charged with wall chargers or at public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). Using a CCS plug in a DC (direct current) fast charging station, the charging power is increased up to 170 kW. When charged in this way, the battery charge level goes from 5% to 80% in about 30 minutes. Using the latest software version of the ID., the model line will also offer the “Plug & Charge” function in the future. Using this function, the ID. Buzz authenticates itself to compatible DC fast charging stations via the charging connector using the ISO 15118 standard. It also exchanges all necessary data with the charging station, an added convenience. With (Vehicle-to-Home) bidirectional charging allows the ID. Buzz feeds excess power from the vehicle’s battery back into the customer’s home network. Power transfer and communication take place via a special bidirectional DC Wallbox.
An iconic design: the ID. Buzz is the new face of a sustainable form of mobility.The visual framework surrounding these future-oriented technologies is formed by the unique design of the ID. Buzz. “The T1 – an icon of the 1950s – gave people mobility and freedom. with the ID Buzz, we are transferring the DNA of the T1 into the present and thus into the era of electric mobility and sustainability,” stresses Jozef Kabaň, Head of Volkswagen Design. “The ID. Buzz brings solidarity and proximity between people back to the road”, he adds. And it’s the proportions that make the ID. Buzz is so unique. The designer bridges the gap to the classic: “In the T1, I practically sit on the front axle. Despite all that it offers in terms of security and technology, the ID. Buzz has extremely short overhangs.” The designer concludes: “The ID. Buzz is timeless, sustainable and extremely functional, which makes it unique.” Another element that has always been characteristic of the model line is the iconic front end with its V-shaped hood between the charismatic LED headlights. This also applies to the optional two-tone paint.
A spacious interior thoughtfully designed for life on the go.The drivers and passengers of the ID. Buzz experience the new Bulli feeling in a spaciously designed interior. The layout is very clear, the concept is very well thought out and the use of space is optimal. In the cozy atmosphere of the minivan version, the five occupants have ample space to travel and to store their luggage (1,121 liters of boot capacity). If the second row seats are folded, the cargo capacity increases to 2,205 litres. The three seats in the front (two as an alternative), depending on the customer’s choice and needs, and the fixed partition panel that separates the 3.9 m3 load space are distinctive features of the ID. Buzz Cargo. The zero-emission van has capacity for two Euro pallets loaded crosswise at the rear.
Long wheelbase, compact body, maximum use of vehicle space.The ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo are characterized by a wide wheelbase of 2,988 mm, which roughly corresponds to the value of the current T6.1. Both IDs Buzz are 4,712 mm long. They have a long wheelbase, in relation to the total length, which helps to optimize the space of the vehicle. Both versions of I ID. Buzz are between 1,937 mm and 1,938 mm high, including the roof antenna, depending on equipment. In terms of width, the two ID. Buzz measures 1,985mm, making the new model 81mm wider than a T6.1. The turning radius of 11.1 meters, meanwhile, is unusually small.
The first minivan with the drag coefficient of a car.Even in the T1, the first Bulli, design followed function. This central principle of car design (“Form follows function”) is also the one that governs the design of the ID. Buzz. Iconic, clear shapes are juxtaposed with exceptional aerodynamics: the ID. Buzz has a drag coefficient of 0.285, while the ID. Buzz Charge is 0.29. This reduces energy consumption and increases autonomy.
Made in Germany.The new IDs. Buzz are produced at the main plant of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Most of the electric drive system modules that will be supplied to the plant for this purpose will also be manufactured in Germany to the highest quality standards, specifically in the independent area of Volkswagen Group Components. Since 2022, the Hannover plant has been one of the Group’s high-tech locations for the production of fully electric vehicles. In addition, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has started a transformation process to be able to offer more electric models in the future. In Hannover, where a Bulli model line was previously produced, a three-pillar Bulli product, two of which are electric, is now being produced in parallel. The ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo rolls off the production line as zero emission vehicles: with them their owners are able to counteract the climate challenges of our time.
Advance sales in Europe will start in May and the market launch will take place in the fall.The ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo will be launched in the first European countries this autumn, although advance sales are scheduled to start in May. The ID. Buzz will arrive in the United States and Canada in 2024.