Volkswagen unveiled their new all-electric ID. Buzz van. With a strong resemblance to VW’s iconic Bulli or “Bus”, the ID. Buzz can be optioned with parking, lane changing and partial driving assistance. Standard on the ID. Buzz is ‘Front Assist’, the emergency braking function. The upcoming ID. Buzz will be available this autumn in Europe, with advance order available in May, but no American release date is available.
“In the 1950s, the Volkswagen Bulli stood for a new feeling of automotive freedom, independence and great emotion,” said Ralf Brandstätter, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “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.”
The ID. Buzz has a 77 kWh lithium ion battery that provides current to the 150 kW electric motor that drives the rear axle. Using a 11 kW alternating current the ID Buzz can be charged at home but with a CCS plug connector at a direct-current rapid-charging station the charging power increases to as much as 170 kW. With a DC charging station the battery can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.
Bidirectional charging allows the ID. Buzz to give unneeded energy from the battery into the customer’s home network. The power transfer takes place via a DC bi-directional wall boz.
With space for five people, the ID. Buzz has fold-down second row seats for expanded cargo space and if a consumer needs the van for commercial endeavors the ID. Buzz Cargo can be loaded up with a pair of euro pallets.
“The ID. Buzz is timeless, sustainable and yet also extremely functional – that makes it unique,” said Jozef Kabaň, head of Volkswagen Design.