14 Jun VW dropped the ID. Buzz Microbus EV release details we were looking for
VW dropped the ID and continues to tease us with its all-electric Microbus, and if the new Volkswagen roadmap is to be believed, we’ll have to wait another couple of years, the ID. Buzz concept, revealed in January 2017, promises a revival of the traditional camper van, showcasing the then-new MEB electric platform and fast gathering an avid audience of would-be consumers.
Following that, VW released the ID concept after the ID concept. They hope to demonstrate how adaptable its modular electric architecture might be. VW had dropped the ID. From an electric dune buggy to an electric sports wagon, we’ve seen it all.
However, by the time it came to actually launch a commercial vehicle on the MEB platform, things had swung back to the more reasonable ground. The VW ID.3 was the first to offer a Golf-sized electric hatchback in Europe. Meanwhile, VW’s ID.4 electric crossover debuted in the United States a few months ago, marking MEB’s American debut at the same time.
With the ID. Buggy ruled out, the major question has been when we may see some of MEB’s more wacky applications, the ID. Notably Buzz. VW announced in August 2017 that a production vehicle was in the works, but that it would have to wait until 2022. Unfortunately, that is not the situation for those of us in the United States.
The production ID. Volkswagen’s Carsten Intra, president of the automaker’s Commercial Vehicles Division, told Car & Driver that the Buzz van will be available in Europe in 2022. However, the 2024 ID will not be available until 2023. Buzz has arrived in the United States. Even then, drivers in the United States will not have the same range of options as those in Europe.
The Microbus EV will be available in both passenger and business versions in Europe, with the latter slated to include a solar roof. There will be options for both short and long wheelbases. VW is even working on an autonomous version, albeit it won’t be available for a while.
In the United States, however, there will be only one fundamental model: a passenger ID. Buzz with the long-wheelbase vehicle. VW will offer up to three options, starting with a rear-wheel-drive variant with roughly 200 horsepower. A high-end identification. Buzz’s flagship model will have an all-wheel-drive and a maximum power output of 300 horsepower.
The battery capacity and estimated range have yet to be confirmed. Volkswagen is reportedly exploring up to three choices in this regard. The EPA rates the VW ID.4 with rear-wheel drive and an 82 kWh battery as having a range of up to 250 miles (of which 77 kWh is usable). The larger ID. Of course, Buzz might carry a larger battery pack, but it will also be heavier.
Of course, these are the plans for now, and we’re still a little suspicious about when the ID will be released. Buzz will arrive at some point. VW intends to manufacture the electric Microbus at its Hannover plant, though production will not begin for some time. Let’s hope that the plans don’t change between now and then.