Racing Themed VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Gives Us An Early Look Into 2022

Unveiled earlier this year in Europe, Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz Cargo electric panel van study heads over to LA for its North American debut. According to the automaker, a production version of the van (sans those sweet decals), could launch by 2022

The cute concept gains a new livery in the process as VW reimagines it as a support vehicle for the I.D. R electric race car that set a new Pikes Peak record this year. Based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), the I.D. Buzz Cargo is the commercial vehicle version of the I.D. Buzz concept that debuted at Detroit last year.

It can cover up to 340 miles on a single charge

As with its people-carrying counterpart, the electric panel van could enter production as early as 2022 in Europe. VW says the I.D. Buzz Cargo is capable of achieving ranges between 200 and 340 miles (322-547 km) on the WLTP cycle, depending on the size of the battery pack. That’s because the automaker envisions two battery packs for the all-electric van.

For covering “fairly normal distances” in the city on a daily and weekly basis, the entry-level 48 kWh lithium-ion battery should be enough. For customers needing greater range, VW could also offer a 111 kWh pack.

Either of the two batteries feeds electricity to a 201hp (150kW) electric motor mounted on the rear axle that drives the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. If the market will require an AWD version, all VW will have to do is add a motor on the front axle. As it is, the vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 99 mph (159 km/h).

Longer than the I.D. Buzz minivan, it has a payload of 1,760 pounds

Charging the bigger battery to 80 percent capacity takes 30 minutes with a 150 kW DC fast charger. VW says the battery is also compatible with inductive charging. Similar in size to the VW Transporter, the I.D. Buzz Cargo is 198.7-in (5,048-mm) long, 77.8-in (1,976-mm) wide and 77.3-in (1,963-mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 129.9 inches (3,300 mm).

Styling-wise, it looks just like the I.D. Buzz Concept except it has no rear lateral windows. Besides the smaller glazed area, another significant difference is the 4.2-in (106-mm) longer rear overhang. That translates into a substantial cargo compartment with a payload of 1,760 pounds (798 kg).

For the LA Auto Show, the vehicle is outfitted with a workbench and parts for the I.D. R in the intelligent shelving system.

*This story has been updated with live images from the LA show

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  • Dear VW. Why can’t you just stop teasing us and get this built finally? It’s the only VW product I would actually wanted to buy.

  • SteersUright

    This thing is awesome! When is it going to be on sale?

  • TheBelltower

    2022 eh? Close enough to create a lot of “buzz” and chatter. But far enough out that they can change their minds if dieselgate has been forgotten by then. They’ve been teasing this stupid bus every three years since the 1990s. Now it’s electric. GTFOH with this bus.

  • Ben

    They NEVER make these. Nearly every autoshow they tease us with a modern VW bus. Its honestly the longest running troll job in the industry. Srsly, my fellow auto enthusiast, sit down and think about another concept car that has been built and teased so much, but never produced. I’m not talking about rumors, but actual concept vehicles built, but never put into production.

  • Miknik

    Nice, but this must be concept No. 25 since 2001 (!), when the first Microbus concept was released. And the design hasn’t moved on much since then. Imagine if they had made it back then, say with a 2003 launch; That would have still been 15 years ago. But, still concepts. I’ll believe it once they make it…

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