Volkswagen has finally unboxed the ID. Buzz, with the German automotive giant saying the battery-powered bus has been developed with the know-how gained over seven decades of its popular people-mover. 

“The ID. Buzz is a genuine icon for the electric era. A car, the likes of which only Volkswagen can build,” said Ralf Brandstätter, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. 

“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 electrified bus will be available in a duo of guises, the leisure-focused ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo. As its name would suggest, the latter model is designed for more commercial purposes. 

According to VW, the ID. Buzz’s exterior design is a direct link to the original. The front facia features a V-shaped panel, sited between LED headlamps. Two-tone paintwork is available as an option. The ID. Buzz’s wheelbase measures “roughly” the same as the current T6.1.

Bow to stern, the ID. Buzz is 4 712 mm long. Measuring 1 985 mm in width, the electric Kombi is 81 mm wider than the T6.1. A first for an MPV, the ID. Buzz boasts a drag coefficient that’s similar to a car. The drag coefficient is 0.285, while the Cargo model has a drag coefficient of 0.29. 

Inside, the new Bulli (in ID. Buzz form) offers a “lounge-like” layout. There’s space for five persons and 1 121 litres of luggage capacity. With the second row of seats folded down, the latter figure expands to 2 205 litres. The ID. Buzz Cargo features a fixed partition, separating the 3.9 m3 cargo space from the (customer dependent) two or three-seat arrangement. 

The ID. Buzz boasts the latest-generation software from VW. Standard items for both models include a ‘Car2X’ local warning system, front emergency braking and, in the MPV model, lane-keeping assist. Of course, infotainment, complete with screen mirroring, are also present. 

At launch, the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will be available with a 77 kWh battery, which is coupled to a 150 kW electric motor that sends power to the rear axle. The lithium-ion battery offers 11 kW AC recharge capability and “as much as” 170 kW DC fast-charging capability.