2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz Unveiled - Rebirth Of The Microbus As An EV | V3Cars

Volkswagen have unveiled the highly-anticipated ID Buzz all-electric van after first showcasing it as a concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The VW ID Buzz pays homage to the iconic Microbus and is based on Volkswagen’s MEB (modular electric scalable) platform that also underpinned the ID3, ID4, Skoda Enyaq and a host of other EVs from the VW Group. Volkswagen have stated that the ID Buzz will initially be offered with a single rear-mounted electric motor.

2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz

The VW ID Buzz carries the iconic silhouette of the original Microbus and combines them with new-age technology and features. At the front, the rather large VW logo is reminiscent of the original Microbus. Apart from that, the overall design is modern, with LED headlights, electrically-sliding rear doors. and a feature-loaded cabin.

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VW ID Buzz

The lack of an engine or a motor at the front has resulted in minimal overhangs, allowing the ID Buzz to offer great space and practicality on the inside. The ID Buzz will initially be offered in two versions - a passenger van with 5 seats and a cargo version. The former, with all seats up, offers comfortable seating for 5 passengers and a boot space of 1,121 litres. With the seats folded down, it can further be increased to 2,205 litres. In comparison, the ID Buzz is 81mm wider than the model it will eventually replace, the T6.1.

The Volkswagen ID Buzz gets a 77kWh battery pack and it drives the rear axle via a rear-mounted electric motor. The power and torque output of the electric motor stand at 203PS and 310Nm. Volkswagen claims this setup will help offer a range of 320-400km on a single charge.

Speaking of charging, the ID Buzz supports DC fast-charging up to 170kW. With a 170kW fast charger, the ID Buzz can be charged from 5-80% in about 30 minutes. It also supports bi-directional charging and hence, can work as a generator to power your home lighting and other appliances. Volkswagen have stated that they will add a 4-wheel-drive version of the ID Buzz along with a long-wheelbase 7-seater and California campervan versions later on.

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VW ID Buzz

The standard Volkswagen ID Buzz will go on sale in the UK this year. It will be followed by the long-wheelbase 7-seater and four-wheel-drive variants. Volkswagen India do not have plans to introduce the ID Buzz in the Indian market. However, the German carmaker is considering the ID.4 electric crossover for the Indian market and it was also on display at the Volkswagen pavilion at the 2022 Auto Expo.

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Amit Saraswat

Born and brought up in Agra, he grew up reading magazines more than textbooks. With a keen interest in cars, he decided to make his future in automotive journalism and is currently helping in content at V3Cars.


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