In precisely a month from today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will finally take the wraps off the ID Buzz in production form. Taking styling cues from the iconic Type 2 Microbus, the electric van will be sold as a passenger version with a couple of wheelbase lengths. In addition, a cargo derivative has long been confirmed, and now we know it too will premiere on March 9.
The disclosure was made via an official VW account on Twitter. There is a third flavor of the ID Buzz in the works, but it will arrive much later. We are talking about a camper model dubbed “California” slated to go on sale after 2025. Also around the middle of the decade, a fully autonomous van utilizing software developed by self-driving technology specialist Argo AI will arrive for ride-hailing services.
Did you know? Our new all-electric all-rounder will make its debut as #VWIDBuzz and #VWIDBuzzCargo ! Be prepared for their world premiere on March 9th!#WayToZero #vwn #vwnutzfahrzeuge @VWCV_official pic.twitter.com/UFeASeNXwd
— Volkswagen News (@volkswagen) February 7, 2022
On a related note, reputable German print publication Automobilwoche and a sister site of Automotive News, has preliminary information about the starting price of the ID Buzz. The passenger version will allegedly kick off from €60,000 in Germany where the customer should end up paying €50,000 after EV-related incentives.
It is believed pricing details will be disclosed shortly after the world premiere on March 9. As previously reported, Europe will be the first to get the ID Buzz in both passenger and cargo configurations. The US launch is slated for 2023 and VW of America plans to sell the boxy EV exclusively with a long-wheelbase passenger-oriented layout.
VW has been coy on details about the ID Buzz, but we’ve recently learned it won’t have a front trunk. In addition, the electric all-rounder will ride on the MEB platform adapted from the ID.3 hatchback as well as the ID.4, ID.5, and ID.6 SUVs. That means a rear-wheel-drive setup for the lesser versions and a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration for the more expensive ones. The most powerful should have around 300 horsepower and a lithium-ion battery pack with a usable capacity of 77 kWh.