Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ: All-Electric, 270 Mile Microbus Confirmed For 2022

AUG 20 2017 BY JAY COLE 55

VW I.D. Buzz to become reality in 2022

After seeing how well VW’s concept, all-electric microbus debuted this past winter in Detroit (full launch details here), this is the news we had expected to hear; that Volkswagen has officially confirmed the electric I.D. Buzz microbus will be headed into production.

270-Mile, All-Electric Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ debuts in Detroit at the 2017 NAIAS

Now we just have to wait ~4.5 years.

“Within the framework of further development, Volkswagen has also set a launch date for the I.D. BUZZ. The vehicle will arrive at dealerships in 2022, after the compact four-door I.D. makes its debut. With the I.D. BUZZ, Volkswagen is mainly targeting markets in North America, Europe and China.”

The decision was made public from this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’,” Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said in Pebble Beach.

The Board of Management chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement because, as Diess explained: “The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.”

Inside the I.D. Buzz Concept

VW I.D. BUZZ…which will need to lose those custom Hankook show wheels if it truly wants to live at the beach

VW stated that the production car will stay true to the original concept’s styling and vision, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The vehicle has a length of more than 16 feet (194.6 inches), and is great than 6 feet in height.

“The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV,” Diess explained.

VW ID Buzz: 111 kWh battery, good for ~270 miles of range (EPA/600 km on NEDC)

Interestingly, I.D. BUZZ production will actually spawn a second iteration of the iconic T2, as VW looks to put some of the large footprint to work for business – the I.D. BUZZ CARGO.

 “With Level 3 autonomous capability, this is an ideal concept for an electric van, particularly for delivering packages and goods to the inner cities.”

Quick specs on the ID BUZZ:

  • MEB architecture
  • Range of 270 miles / 434 km (EPA) or 373 miles/600 km (NEDC)
  • 111 kWh battery
  • two electric motors for AWD and total system output: 275 kW/369horsepower
  • 0-60 mph run in about 5 seconds
  • ability to accept rates of up to 150 kW (80% charging in about half hour)

A second, shorter range offering (~200 miles/RWD via 83 kWh) has also been suggested previously by VW, but not yet confirmed.  Earlier statement on the I.D. BUZZ from Volkswagen:

“The vehicle’s 111 kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity within 30 minutes using the Combined Charging System (CCS) or an inductive charging interface, with a charging rate of 150 kW. As an alternative, the battery can be charged from any conventional household outlet and at charging stations. The all-wheel drive configuration is just one of several that are conceivable. Thanks to the MEB, it would be just as easy to equip the I.D. BUZZ with a rear-wheel drive setup producing up to 268 hp and a smaller 83 kWh battery, depending on the region and purpose of use.”

Gallery (below): All-electric I.D. BUZZ


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55 Comments on "Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ: All-Electric, 270 Mile Microbus Confirmed For 2022"

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The future is always five years away, at VW. 🙂

VW will produce 200 mile EV for the following solar eclipse (after tomorrow’s).

This is big battery pack, is LG even selling those?
(Apart from bus specific battery packs)

Super charing is not yet here at that rates.

And lets be frank. That concept is so SO NOT road worthy, that they need time to build one from grounds up.

Bolt at least looked like a car that could be modified to fit legal requirements.

It’s like nuclear fusion.

They have stuck to their plan so far, and are on schedule.
There is nothing that indicates problems.

LOL, that’s right — 5 years away ALWAYS !

Great offering. 2022 is ridiculous. Board approved or not, I’m not sure I believe VW will ever make it.

Very nice! If this thing gets some real towing capacity it could turn the SUV market on it’s ear.

Perhaps, but personally I’m not sure about the target market. Even in five years, a 111kwh battery is going to be fairly expensive. Add in the development costs for a new platform and the hipster / surf board on the roof demographic won’t be able to afford this vehicle.

Hey, that’s a clear mistake in the announcement department at VW. 2017 is ending in about 4 months, so after multiple 2020 announcements it would now be the time to skip out 2020 by 2021. Instead they say 2022. Probably, they misunderstood their boss telling them to announce it for 2020, too…

Haha. That was a long way to go for a joke, but it was worth it. Good One.

I’ve seen so many of these from VW. It would be funny if it was not so pathetic.
Not really a Buzz, more like an annoying Hum.

I like it a lot but Tesla will no doubt beat it to market with their own minibus by around 2020,

Maybe this will make them speed up their plans a little !

Tesla will probably SHOW a prototype by then, so people can order it and wait 2-3 years before they get it..

Here is VW pickup with Tesla motor:

Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart

SMOKA indeed. Check at t=30

Coupla issues here:

“Ramge of 270 miles / 434 miles (EPA) or 600 km (NEDC)”

Should be: ‘Range of 270miles /434 km (EPA) or 600 km (NEDC)’
(600km being an outrageously optimistic, read: unrealistic, estimate, anyway)

Also the article here neglects that two versions will become available:

– Long-range version with aforementioned 270m/434km range, 111kWh battery and 275kW/369hp power output, 99mph top speed, and 5 sec 0-60 acceleration

– short-range version with 200~mi / 320km range, 83kWh battery and 201kW/270hp power output, unnamed top speed and acceleration

Am I the only one who thinks 5 sec is kinda weirdly fast for such a vehicle? I mean who would want to? This is a clear cruising car, not a racing car. And for overcoming the aerodynamic resistance here, this would require a heck of a drive train system.
IMHO, VW better make it a still fast 10 sec and drop the price by 15%… Speed is not everything. Especially, since it may mean more range…

If they’re going to allow towing, it will need some torquey motor. Since EV tend to only have one speed, that means acceleration without trailer will have to be pretty quick.

Of course, this is VW, so who knows if that’s the real reason.


I was thinking the same about acceleration. Some vehicle types should not be that quick.

Yet more vaporware specs for a vaporware vehicle from the king of EV press release ware, VW Group (VW/Audi/Porsche).

Yes please! I really hope they make this. 2022 is a bit late though, they need to make it now!

The crazy thing here is that, just like Teslas, this car has a LOT of cool factor (with a nostalgia bonus) and could really compete with Tesla in the “gotta have it” space. You just don’t see that with most EVs outside of the “EV nerd” community. Heck, I noticed one of my wife’s friends had linked to an article about this on FB…she had no idea it was an EV! So, of course…that means VW won’t make it.

We need something to break the hypnotic hold the SUV paradigm has on the buying public before it infects the entire world into lusting for Buick Enclaves. The minivan promised a reasonable path towards electrification, for instance, but then it got annihilated by the SUV-spawned crossover craze. The SUV is the worst of all worlds; its long-hooded shape is aerodynamically worse than the theoretical potential of one-box shapes; it’s just as tall as minivans and usually wider; and its macho styling vocabulary requires all sorts of weird and jagged additions. The CUV is all that in miniature. This VW Bus revival plus the Chrysler Pacifica could begin to turn things around for urban people-movers.

This EV would be *today* a home-run for VW but a 4+ years wait? … wow.

It’s not a home run today, rather awful today. 100 kWh using 50 kW charger will take 2+ hours if you consider taper. Add to that all the waiting one must put up at chargers, and this is pretty awful.

If they “solve” charger issues and have ~200 kW chargers and most cars can use them (eg. split power multi-handle chargers), it could be interesting. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen.

@SparkEV said: “If they [CW] “solve” charger issues…”

I agree with that…

VW=Vexing Wait

VW is clearly pretty eager to flaunt this “good guy car” heritage to counter its diesel fraud bad guy image.

Any press releases about products 5 years from now are meaningless of course, though I can see the concept work in the autonomous age when people are probably basically looking for stylishly designed mobile living spaces.

Big day for FUD stories. VW will make an EV…Toyota will make solid-state batteries.

Just wait 5 years. *eyeroll*

What is exactly FUD about this? You guys who constantly bash VWs EV news seem to be the real FUDsters…

Yeah, because VW have been very serious about making successful evs, right? They deserve all the criticism they get….actually i think they don’t get enough!

It is indeed inappropriate to call this announcement “FUD”. VW announcing the I.D. Buzz is headed for production for the umpteenth time, isn’t an attempt to generate Fear, or Uncertainty, or Doubt.

It is, however, quite probably vaporware, just as all previous such announcements about this particular EV, and many others from VW, have been.

Does not ‘Vaporware’ = ‘Uncertainty’, when they promise it in competition or comparison to other potential EV purchases, like the ‘Potential’ it will face from the also as yet unknown Tesla Model Y?

Is this Buzz, not a new name for the ‘Buelly’ EV Van, however that was spelt?

The Type 2 was made until 1979 in the West (later in Latin America). I’m not sure that many living car buyers will actually remember it by 2022 (and with a 110+kwH pack, that means wealthy-ish only need apply) and be nostalgic for it.
Like the New Beetle, a commercial failure, VW may well be disappointed in that regard.

I certainly remember with great nostalgia a bunch of us twentysomething science fiction fans piling into a VW Microbus and driving up to Minicon, in Minneapolis. Quite a road trip!

I also remember with great nostalgia when we kids would pile into the back of a Ford postwar pickup and ride to town. That doesn’t mean I want to see kids today riding without being properly secured in an actual seat with a proper 3-point seat belt!

In a day and age when minivans are being outsold by SUVs and CUVs by a wide margin, I have to question whether or not there is a market for a revival of the Microbus. Just because I remember it with nostalgia doesn’t mean I’d recommend that anybody buy one! A minivan is more practical and far more comfortable than the Microbus ever was.

Hey, old-timer! Minicon is still going on in some form or another. Your friends are waiting for you, too. EVs have made a major impact in the sci-fi community in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Point of note: CONvergence had an EV panel which had conference seating for 30. They stopped entry after 80 because of fire code. Just… don’t drive that classic VW minibus; I don’t remember them outlasting their first set of tires before rusting out due to all the road salt.

It is just meant to make a BUZZ.
First, survive your trial in Germany.

It takes VW the same time WWII took to produce a new vehicle?

I don’t think you could fit eleven long-haired Friends of Jesus in that thing.

A chartreuse microbus! I haven’t thought about that song in, forever.

Thanks, you made my Monday morning!

I haven’t seen any EV infrastructure from VW as a result of the dieselgate settlement. And it’s been months. If they can’t even get charging stations in the ground, I’m sure not holding my breath for this car. The sound coming from VW isn’t buzz, it’s just white noise now.

This needs to be followed with another story about how many times VW has promised this bus. I could’ve hand built one years ago. Would love to see it, but not getting my hopes up.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

This is like IBM delivering its first 386 computer two years after Compaq, and a year after everybody else.

Confirmed to be again promised many years from now.

VW needs to deliver, not talk.

VW – nothing to see here just smoke and mirrors as usual.

2022 – so what.

Yesss! I want one… The five years of waiting gives me time to save money for when it arrives 🙂

They will have a much better concept, coming soon electric car, crossover, suv, concept proposal coming to a VW dealer near you in Nebuary of 2525. Just wait, it’ll be better and cheaper than Tesla.

We {VW} will dominate the EV market with our fine German engineering, just Wait, and wait and wait and see.

Specs look very pricey. Original VW Vanagons, etc. were affordable by many more.

To the majority of forum posters above:

Why are you guys so hard on VW? They’re expressing an intent to move heavily into electric vehicles (and full BEVs at that). You should be welcoming them to the party.

Complain as you will that it’s not available today but who has a BEV minivan even close to production today? Might VW actually be the first? Wouldn’t that make them a leader in that segment?

After visiting the largest VW dealer in the area 2 weeks ago, I’m convinced as far as the US is concerned that VW will only make compelling EV’s when enough of their management has been jailed over the diesel scandel.

Until then as one Candid admission from a dealer told me: “They’ll just be a ‘stay in the game’ player”.

here is the ID Buzz from a drone perspective. The thing looks mega!