VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Concept Previews All-Electric Van With 550Km Range

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. family will include a commercial vehicle as well, and it will be called the I.D. Buzz Cargo.

Unveiled in concept form at the Hannover CV Show, the new I.D. model is technically based on the modular electric drive kit (MEB) and stylistically based on the I.D. Buzz people carrier, also known as the new Bulli. In fact, the electric van looks just like the Bulli, except it doesn’t have any lateral windows behind the front doors.

Another difference is the rear overhang extended by 106 mm (4.2 inches) to allow for a bigger cargo compartment. In terms of size, the I.D. Buzz Cargo concept mirrors the Transporter. It’s 5,048-mm (198.7-in) long, 1,976-mm (77.8-in) wide, and 1,963-mm (77.3-in) high, with a wheelbase of 3,300 mm (129.9-in).

The first commercial vehicle based on the I.D. family promises “extremely good space” and a fully digitalized cargo system, which brings the fastest “Internet of Things” onboard according to VW.

The cargo compartment features an “electrified” shelving system developed for service installers and maintenance technicians. The system offers connectivity with a functional control unit for the user, allowing for the implementation of the job and ordering system. For example, all items on the shelves can be tracked and if someone needs an item, they can have it delivered automatically. The doors open electrically, and the shelving system can be customized.

The I.D. Buzz Cargo also offers the fully automated driving mode I.D. Pilot (level 4) and driving ranges from approximately 330 km (205 miles) to more than 550 km (342 miles) in the WLTP cycle. The ranges depend on the battery size and specific model version and can be extended by as much as 15 km (9.3 miles) a day thanks to the solar module on the roof. VW says compatible battery packs have between 48 kWh and 111 kWh.

The concept on display in Hannover features a 150-kW (204 PS/201 hp) electric motor that drives the rear axle and a 48-kWh lithium-ion battery which allow it to reach an electronically-limited top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). An all-wheel-drive system like the one in the I.D. Buzz could be offered as well.

While the I.D. Buzz is expected to go into production in 2022, the Cargo version may arrive as early as 2021.

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Photo credits: Cristian Gnaticov for CarScoops, Volkswagen
  • SgtBeavis

    No major styling changes from the original ID Buzz concept. The only change I’m seeing is that the door, for what I assume is the charging port, has moved from the rear to the front (under the mirror camera thingy).

    I really do like this but I can’t help but think that it’s going to be outlandishly expensive.

    • Mike anonymous

      I don’t mind if it’s outlandishly expensive at all. I’d imagine it’d probably be around the price of a Model X from Tesla. ($79,500). It will be worth every penny IF it looks exactly (at least exterior wise) like the concept shown.

      Just a reminder, if they bring and expensive bus to market (of this size) I’m sure they’ll (with enough support of the top level model) maybe make a smaller more affordable version of the Mini Bus (with a little bit lower range).

      • Stephen G

        You can’t compare this to a Model X. Model X is for the business owner and his wife to show off how much money they have. The business owner will not spend 80K so an empolyee making minimum wage can drive around town delivering bagels (or whatever) when he can buy a RAM Promaster City (or similar) for 25K.

        • Mike anonymous

          I was considering the Model X for a comparison because I doubt this is going to be inexpensive for the general consumer (not the version shown here, but the one that is meant to seat people).

          I compared it to the X because of;
          A Premium Price
          Electric Vehicle
          Seats 3 rows of people
          Both SUVs
          .. that stuff.

          I totally get your point on the Model X being made and targeted towards a different crowd, but VW won’t be making this vehicle inexpensive from what we know. Expect 40-50k + for the price tag. I am not sure that they would actually make any of windowless cargo versions here as there are much better options in the industry that can hold much more cargo or equipment depending on it’s usage.
          The only version I expect them to come out with is the passenger version which won’t really be as widely affordable as it’s iconic predecessor.
          Both vehicle are aimed at different crowds, just in a relatively similar price range, so you are absolutely right on that and I agree with you on it. Also there aren’t a whole lot of 3 row electric SUVs to compare it to.

  • TheBelltower

    VW has been talking about the minibus since the ’90s. Build the damned thing already.

    • alexxx

      Exactly….

  • Major Mojo

    I was more than saddened to read that VW is ending the Beetle. This EV van will hopefully have a better chance at a comeback. I wish that VW had turned the Beetle lineup into an EV too.

    • Brian Regan

      Exactly what I was thinking. I get the new Bus being electric with the whole hippie thing (if you still associate EV/Green driving with hippie) but why not have the next-gen Beetle be all electric as well? Makes more sense to me than dropping the model all together.

  • DR.FUNK

    THIS is a start in the right direction.They’d have to price it for fleet buyers.My courier biz would be a buyer.
    But there will also be “van life” enthusiasts (of which I am an occasional dabbler)…who would love a empty shell vehicle to customize.No complaints if they make a larger model as well.DO IT!

  • Six_Tymes

    been seeing the “I.D.” for so many years, make the damn thing already

  • Puddingpopper

    How does one roll the damn windows down?

  • Paul

    I wish they’d quit talking and go with some doing. This thing would be awesome.

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