- New electric VW van based on ID Buzz concept
- On sale in 2022, with self-driving technology
- Could it replace the VW Transporter?
Volkswagen has confirmed it is to put the ID Buzz concept into production – as both a passenger-carrying variant reminiscent of the original VW Microbus and a van.
You can view our original story on the ID Buzz concept by clicking here, but to quickly recap, it’s a retro-styled vehicle based on a new electric drive platform. There will be no conventional petrol or diesel versions at all.
First details of the production ID Buzz Cargo van
Speaking at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California, where the ID Buzz was again shown in public, Volkswagen Cars boss Dr Herbert Diess and the head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dr Eckhard Scholz revealed more details about the new van.
The production version will be called the ID Buzz Cargo, and in addition to the electric drive tech it will also feature ‘Level Three’ autonomous driving capability – meaning it will be able to drive on some roads without interference from the person behind the wheel. Very clever.
Probably more significant is that thanks to the extended wheelbase – made possible by the compact nature of the electric drive components – VW is promising plenty of load capacity.
As is typical for an electric van, the batteries are stored under the floor.
Is this actually the T7 VW Transporter in disguise?
The ID Buzz concept is 4,942mm long, 1,976mm wide and 1,963mm high – which is indeed similar to the current T6-generation VW Transporter.
Since it’s set to be based on VW’s new dedicated electric vehicle platform, it seems unlikely to be a total replacement for the long-serving Transporter, however, which we anticipate will still be relying heavily on diesel (and perhaps petrol) power by the time the ID Buzz Cargo goes on sale.
When does the ID Buzz Cargo van go on sale, and how much will it cost?
VW says the Buzz will reach dealers after the first ID model – an all-electric car – and that we probably won’t see it on sale until around 2022.
Just to add further fuel to its possible replacement of the Transporter, the T6 was introduced in 2015, so we would be expecting the T7 around about then.
As for how much the ID Buzz will cost, that will very much depend on how battery and electric vehicle technology progresses in the meantime.
Don’t go expecting a bargain, though; it is, after all, a VW.
For more on the pros and cons of electric vans, read the full Parkers Vans guide by clicking here.