The Volkswagen ID Buzz wants to be the ultimate electric family car

Twenty years of concept cars and trucks. 6 years of history. As well as below, finally, we are. Volkswagen has actually transformed the Microbus for the EV age– as well as called it the ID Buzz.

The new all-electric moving door van’s wacky name is really a little bit of a word play here– in Germany these things are called ‘bus’, so add in the hum of an electric motor, as well as Franz is your Onkel. The silly name is simply among the touches that aims to provide this car what EVs sorely do not have. Character. Personality. Heart.

You’ll have detected the practically level front by now, the very little overhangs, the long wheelbase. All thanks to the very same MEB system that brought you the VW ID.3 as well as ID.4, Audi’s Q4 e-tron, Skoda’s Enyaq and a touch of Cupras. This design means a high van can have a super-low center of gravity– by mounting the motor at the back– as well as be just as rear-engined as well as rear-wheel drive as the 1960s Beetle-powered initial.

That’s not simply a retro choice, obviously. Placing the drive system at the back means the Buzz has a transforming circle of simply over 11 metres, since the front wheels can pivot that much even more without driveshafts in the method. So, this big family members bus is as manoeuvrable as a Golf. All-wheel drive ones will come later (with a larger turning circle) and there’s even expert mumblings of a performance-flavoured ID Buzz GTX …

Mentioning various variations, you’re looking at the OG ID– the standard-wheelbase, 77kWh Buzz Pro, helpful for just over 200bhp. Expect a real-world variety of 200-250 miles. Following year there’ll be an entry-level Buzz Pure with a smaller sized battery and also a ₤ 50,000 access rate, and a long-wheelbase which will certainly up the chair matter from five, and allow even more seating plan variation. It’ll also have a larger battery in between the axles.

Of course, the one you really want is the surftastic all-electric ID Buzz The golden state campervan. Not until 2025 at the earliest, evidently– VW remains in no hurry to replace the diesel-powered Cali while it’s offering as well as it is.

When it does get here, bi-directional charging will certainly enable the ID Buzz to discharge itself while parked to juice your beverages fridge or campsite jacuzzi. Whatever you like. In the meantime, VW is proclaiming this an environment-friendly way to reduce your power bills: charge up the Buzz during the day on more affordable electrical power, and also use it to power your house storage battery (we’ve all obtained those right? No, us neither) in the evening.

Various other near-future technology in the Buzz consists of car-to-X interaction. It’ll download and install information from neighboring Volkswagens in the cloud and also learn of missing roadway markings or web traffic nearby that might upset the sat-nav.

There’s also a self-parking function that can learn as well as keep in mind difficult manoeuvres like a slim driveway. So, you pull it off once, to show it can be done without crashing, Buzz documents your inputs, and also does it hands-free following time. Smart. Up until you fail to remember to open up eviction before pressing the huge ‘go’ switch. Really that’s a lie: switches are rare in the Buzz. Volkswagen insists its haptic, touch-sensitive rubbish is boosting and the software program in the Buzz will certainly be much better than the dreadful user interfaces in the present Golf as well as ID autos, yet we’ll believe it when we see it. The style as well as materials are extremely light, cheerful, and BMW i3-ish, though. That’s a good thing. Lounge vibes.

VW’s born-again bus has been a long time planned. On first impression, was it worth the delay?