10 March 2022
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Volkswagen ID.Buzz

Volkswagen launches ID. Buzz

10 March 2022 - Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are giving the new ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo their world premiere in Hamburg. With Europe's first all-electric bus and transporter range, Volkswagen is providing yet another solution to sustainable and CO2-free mobility. The ID. Buzz comes with the latest ID. software with the latest systems and functions for safety, comfort and charging.

As is the case for all the models in Volkswagen Passenger Car's ID. family, the ID. Buzz, which is built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, is also based in engineering terms on the Group's Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The world's first scalable mass production platform for all-electric cars provides the cross-brand basis for all sorts of different models and segments. Its architecture allows for an evolutionary further development of software and technology, which not only benefits new models such as the ID. Buzz, but also models that have already been delivered, by means of over-the-air updates.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz

Included as standard in the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the 'Car2X' local warning system, which utilises signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time. Also included as standard: the 'Front Assist' emergency braking function and, in the MPV, the 'Lane Assist' lane-keeping assistant. With new software, new assistance functions are also making their way into the ID. family. Available as an option is 'Travel Assist with swarm data', which facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane-changing on the motorway. Also new: the 'Memory Function' for automated parking on a previously saved route.

The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are launching across Europe with a 77 kWh battery (gross energy content: 82 kWh). It provides current to a 150 kW electric motor, which (as the flat engine once did in the T1) drives the rear axle. The position of the battery, integrated deep down in the sandwich floor, and the lightweight electric drive system result in a good distribution of weight and a low vehicle centre of gravity. Both factors optimise the handling and agility. The lithium ion battery can be charged from wall boxes or public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). Via a CCS plug connector at a DC rapid-charging station (direct current) the charging power increases to as much as 170 kW. When charged in this way, the battery charge level rises from 5 to 80% in about 30 minutes. Using the latest ID. software, the model line will also offer the 'Plug & Charge' function in the future. Via this function, the ID. Buzz authenticates itself at compatible DC rapid-charging stations via the charging connector using the ISO 15118 standard. It also exchanges all necessary data with the charging station in this way. Bidirectional charging enables the ID. Buzz to feed unneeded energy from the battery into the customer's home network (Vehicle-to-Home). The power transfer and communication take place via a special DC bi-directional wall box.

ID. Buzz drivers and passengers experience the new Bulli feeling in a spaciously designed interior. In the lounge-like, friendly ambience of the MPV version, five people have ample room for travelling and for their luggage (1,121 litres of capacity). If the second row of seats is folded down, the load capacity increases to up to 2,205 litres. Two or three seats up front, as the customer desires, and a fixed partition separating off the 3.9 m3 cargo space are distinctive features of the ID. Buzz Cargo. The zero-emission cargo version can take two loaded euro pallets, loaded in transversely.

One feature of the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the long wheelbase of 2,988 mm, roughly the same as that of the current T6.1. The length of both versions is 4,712 mm. By virtue of what, in relation to the overall length, is a very long wheelbase, optimal use is made of the vehicle footprint. Including roof aerial, the two versions of ID. Buzz measure, dependent on specification, 1,937 mm or 1,938 mm in height. At 1,985 mm, the new model is 81 mm wider than a T6.1. The turning circle of 11.1 metres, meanwhile, is unusually small.

Design already followed function in the case of the T1, the first Bulli. Form follows function - this central tenet of automotive construction also applies to the design of the ID. Buzz. The iconic clear forms are accompanied here by outstanding aerodynamics: the ID. Buzz has a drag coefficient of 0.285 - 0.29 for the ID. Buzz Cargo. That reduces energy consumption and increases range.

The ID. Buzz model line is being produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at its main plant in Hannover. The majority of the electric drive system modules being supplied to the plant for this purpose will also be made in Germany to the highest quality standards - in this case by the Group's own Volkswagen Group Components division. Since 2022, the Hannover plant has been one of the Group's high-tech locations for the production of all-electric vehicles. It is also the case across the board that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has begun a transformation process in order to be able to offer more electric models in the future. In Hannover, where once a Bulli model line used to be produced, what is being created today in parallel is a three-pillar Bulli product - two of them electric. The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo leave the production line as zero-emission vehicles - they bear witness to a decision on mobility, with which their owners are able to counter the climatic challenges of our time.

The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will come onto the market in the first few European countries this autumn. Advance sales are due to start in May. With the ID. Buzz, Volkswagen of America will also be initiating the comeback of the so-called microbus in the USA and Canada.