The 2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz is a battery-powered electric minivan manufactured by German manufacturer Volkswagen. The Volkswagen ID.Buzz production car was introduced in March 2022 and production will start in the first half of the year, while Europe will be delivered in the second half with two models: a five-seater under the name 2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz, and a cargo van as ID. Buzz load, availability in the US is scheduled for 2024.
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is manufactured by Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Hanover with a previous identifier. Volkswagen ID series of cars were built at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant, and the Hanover plant had to be re-equipped for EV assembly. While the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant will begin creating MEB-based 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 for the U.S. market in 2021, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said it will lead to U.S. ID production in January 2022.
Volkswagen Buzz models for Chattanooga are unlikely. In Europe, it is available in two configurations, a five-seater passenger and a freight van, initially, a rear-wheel short-wheelbase version will be available. The long-wheelbase version will debut in 2023 and will be the only version to be sold in the U.S. when it goes on sale in 2024.
2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz : Design
2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz style, according to product manager Jeffrey Lear. Buzz was selected to retain the original Type 2 (T1) / Microbus, including the logo on the front and (optional) two-tone paint. “We’re moving this T1 DNA to the present day and thus to the era of electric motion. ID. Buzz is timeless, stable, and at the same time very functional, said Volkswagen Design chief Joseph Kaban. 2988 mm (117.6 inches), ID wheelbase. Buzz (SWB) is similar to the current Volkswagen Transporter (T6); it is 81 mm (3.2 inches) wider than the T6 and has a turning range of 11.1 m (36 feet), which is roughly the same as the VW Golf.
2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz : Interior
The SWB / RWD passenger version is equipped with five seats, behind the rear seat is a cargo space of 1121 l (39.6 cubic feet). Three-row seats will be provided later. For the SWB model, each row will have two seats for a total of six capacities, while for the long-wheelbase (LWB) model, the middle row will have three seats for a total of seven capacities. In the five-passenger SWB / RWD model, when the second row is folded down, the carrying capacity increases to 2205 l (77.9 cubic feet). ID. The Buzz Cargo has two or three seats in the front row, with only a solid division; behind the section, the cargo version has a capacity of 3900 l (138 cubic feet).
The seats use recycled plastics, there is no leather option. The car’s instrumentation is displayed on a 130mm (5.3-inch) screen. In-car entertainment and climate control are provided on a second centralized display; the standard infotainment screen has a 250 mm (10 inches) screen and, optionally, a 300 mm (12 inches) screen. The car is equipped with up to eight USB ports.
2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz : Engine
The first short-wheelbase (SWB) version had a drag coefficient of 0.285 for an SWB passenger equipped with a 150 kW (201 hp) and 310 N⋅m (229 lb-ft) rear axle APP 310 engine. The SWB / RWD version has an 81 kWh battery, of which 77 kWh is usable, the Approximate driving distance is 400–480 km (250–300 miles). The car can receive up to 11 kW of power using an AC power supply or 170 kW of power at a city fast-charging station; at the final speed, the 81/77 kWh battery is charged from 5% to 80% in 30 minutes. 2023 ID.Buzz is capable of providing two-way V2X power and power to a power grid or household when needed, but this feature is not expected to be implemented for the U.S. model. In the future, a software update is planned to allow the Plug & Charge function, in which the car will authenticate itself at a DC fast charging station that complies with the ISO 15118 standard.
2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz : Safety
2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz is offered a wide selection of standard and optional driver assistance technology. Volkswagen also offers a memory function to help with parking, which is said to work on pre-saved routes. For more information about ID. 2023 Volkswagen ID.Buzz standard safety features include flexible cruise control forward collision warning and automated braking, detour warning, lane hold assistant.