As is the case for all the models in Volkswagen Passenger Car’s ID. family, the ID. Buzz, is also based on the Group’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The world’s first scalable mass production platform for all-electric cars. It allows for the evolutionary development of software and technology, which not only benefits new models such as the ID. Buzz, but also cars that have already been delivered, by means of over-the-air updates.
Up to 170 kW charging power, Plug & Charge and bidirectional charging.
The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are launching across Europe with a 77 kWh battery (gross energy content: 82 kWh). It provides current to a 150 kW electric motor, which – as the flat engine once did in the T1 – drives the rear axle. The position of the battery, integrated deep down in the sandwich floor, and the lightweight electric drive system result in a good distribution of weight and a low vehicle centre of gravity. Both factors optimise the handling and agility. The lithium ion battery can be charged from wall boxes or public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). Via a CCS plug connector at a DC rapid-charging station (direct current) the charging power increases to as much as 170 kW. When charged in this way, the battery charge level rises from 5 to 80% in about 30 minutes.
Latest generation ID. software with new assistance and charging functions.
The new model line’s assistance systems perfect ease of driving and safety. Included as standard in the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the ‘Car2X’ local warning system, which utilises signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time. Also included as standard: the ‘Front Assist’ emergency braking function and, in the MPV, the ‘Lane Assist’ lane-keeping assistant.
Iconic design: The ID. Buzz is the new face of a sustainable form of mobility.
The visual frame around these future-oriented technologies is formed by the unique design of the ID. Buzz.
“The T1 – an icon of the 1950s – enabled people to gain mobility and freedom. With the ID. Buzz, we are transferring this T1 DNA to the present day and thus into the era of electric mobility,”Jozef Kabaň, Head of Volkswagen Design
“The ID. Buzz brings a lot of sympathy and proximity to people back to the road,” the chief designer continues. And it is the proportions that make the ID. Buzz so unique. Kabaň creates a direct link with the original classic vehicle: “In the T1 you are practically sitting on top of the front axle – there’s no front overhang. For all its safety relevance and technology, the ID. Buzz has super short overhangs.” The designer sums up: “The ID. Buzz is timeless, sustainable and yet also extremely functional – that makes it unique.”
For a deep dive into the new VW ID. Buzz check out the press release here.
While there’s no word on yet on when the ID. Buzz could be hitting New Zealand shores (or spec we might get), we’re still excited about the next generation of EV commercial vehicles. Be sure to follow Gazley or Volkswagen on social media to keep up to date on all things cars.