Volkswagen is finally ready to discontinue one of its most anticipated EVs. Volkswagen ID. The Buzz electric van will make its public debut on March 9, says VW CEO Herbert Diess tweeted Thursday, ending five years of construction.
The original ID.Buzz concept was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and attracted positive attention for its retro styling, referencing the classic Volkswagen Type 2, also known as the Microbus. VW confirmed plans for a production version soon after the concept was unveiled, and gave a sneak peek at the cargo version in 2018. Argo AI ID for autonomous-driving development work in anticipation of an autonomous mobility service launch in Hamburg. Buzz is also using Prototype. , Germany, it is tentatively scheduled for 2025.
even before the initial id. After the Buzz concept was unveiled, VW teased the idea of a new Microbus along with a few other concept vehicles, including the 2001 Microbus concept, the 2011 Bully concept and the 2016 electric Bud-e. So you could say the appetite for a 21st century version of the iconic hippie chariot is well and truly sated.
We will not have full details on the ID. Buzz remained until the production model was revealed, but a camouflage prototype shown in November 2021 indicated that at least the original concept version’s styling was filtered through, albeit with some changes. We also know the ID. The Buzz will use the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen id.4, European-market VW id.3 and id.5, and the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback.
The modular design of the MEB platform and the packaging flexibility of the electric powertrain helped make the ID possible. This gives VW the ability to easily place a different body on the same basic chassis, allowing designers to join more specialized models while still moving most of the components from high-volume vehicles. VW has shown off some other interesting MEB-based concept cars like the ID. Buggy Dune Buggy, though she likely won’t make it into production.
While the wait to see ID.Buzz in its final form is almost over, it may still take some time for the reborn Microbus to arrive in the United States. Production at VW’s Hannover, Germany, commercial vehicle factory is expected to begin later in 2022, with US deliveries in 2023.