Volkswagen ID Buzz electric minivan coming to the US in 2024

VW's ID Buzz electric van is coming to the US in 2024

Volkswagen is betting that an electric vehicle with Throwback Thursday appeal and modern features will earn its new “ID” EV sub-brand a place in American hearts and driveways.

The good news: The first photos of the VW ID Buzz made everyone smile.

The bad news: it’s a minivan, arguably the least exciting type of vehicle.

Consciously designed to resemble the VW Microbus that became a counterculture icon in the 1960s, the ID Buzz will go on sale in Europe this fall, in America in 2024. VW plans to sell both cargo models and passengers.

The nostalgic look of the Buzz includes a front end reminiscent of a smiling face, a straight profile, two-tone paint and windows reminiscent of the Microbus.

The Buzz shares its structure and engine with the VW ID4 SUV. “ID” is the sub-brand created by VW for its new family of electric vehicles. VW will build the Buzz in Hannover, Germany. Most of the electric vehicle’s components are also made in Germany, many of them in VW factories, as the automaker tries to manage job losses due to fewer parts and lower vehicle labor requirements. electrical.

VW ID Buzz minibus controls

There’s no word yet on pricing or battery life.

A larger model is coming to the US

VW will build passenger and commercial versions of the Buzz. The initial European version is 185.5 inches long — about 20 inches shorter than typical American minivans — and seats five. Its wheelbase of 117.1 inches promises generous cargo space for the commercial version likely to represent the most sales in Europe. A stretched version – wheelbase and other dimensions to be determined – should be produced in 2023.