Buzzworthy: VW Confirms I.D. Buzz Van for 2022

Volkswagen has confirmed its electric version of the Microbus will be on sale in 2022.

A number of variants will be built, including a model which will have a total drive system output of 369 horsepower from electric motors on each axle to shuttle power to all four wheels. A massive 111 kWh battery pack is estimated to provide range in excess of 300 miles.

Like the original Microbus, the design and engineering provides ample space for passengers or cargo. The I.D. Buzz will be able to seat eight people, or hold up to 162.5 cubic feet of gear when the seats are folded or removed.

The I.D. Buzz is said to be one of three electric vehicles VW is planning for its MEB architecture. The family of EVs includes the I.D. Crozz SUV and the I.D. Hatchback. Volkswagen is mainly targeting the markets in North America, Europe and China with both the I.D. Buzz and the I.D. family overall.

“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’”, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said in Pebble Beach. It is no coincidence the company chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement, as the old Microbus has always been part of the California lifestyle.

Aged hippies and young hipsters alike will appreciate the styling effort put forth by the I.D Buzz team, as the van incorporates many styling cues from the old Bus such as a slab-sided look and natty two-tone paint.

Interestingly, the very nature of an electric powertrain likely helped shape the I.D. Buzz and allow the design team to mimic its granddaddy’s profile. A traditional internal combustion engine, mounted either ahead of the driver or amidships, spoiling the proportions. An all-electric power system lashed to rear-drive propulsion keeps the retro look intact.

The I.D Buzz will measure 194.5 inches in length. For comparison, that is 5.7 inches shorter than a Toyota Sienna and 13.9 inches longer than a Honda CR-V. Standing 77.2 inches, the I.D. Buzz is 6.5 inches taller than a Sienna as well. This is not a small vehicle.

Along with a minibus version, a cargo variant will also be offered. Targeted at business owners in large cities, it will allow for zero-emission delivery operations and a certain level of automated driving capability.

 


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