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Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo recalls original Type 2 van

All-electric ID. Buzz Cargo van harks back to the original Type 2 Transporter from 1950

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Volkswagen has finally unveiled its production-ready version of the ID. Buzz Cargo electric van, five years after revealing a concept electric vehicle (EV) harking back to the iconic Type 2 Transporter launched in 1950.

The new van will be built in Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle plant in Hanover, Germany, alongside a passenger MPV version evoking the original VW Microbus which has become a cult classic over the past 70 years.

First versions of the ID. Buzz Cargo on sale will be rear-wheel-drive, using the company’s established EV platform that already underpins the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV models. A 150kW electric motor is powered by a 77kWh battery built into in the vehicle’s floor, for the lowest centre of gravity and maximum load space inside the vehicle.

The vehicle has a long wheelbase of just under three metres with very short overhangs front and rear, designer Josef Kaban saying that the feeling of the driver sitting on top of the front axle directly evokes the original T2 inspiration.

The ID. Buzz Cargo offers a loadspace of 3.9m3 and will accommodate two Euro pallets loaded transversely. The cargo area can be accessed both through the tailgate and a side-mounted sliding door. There will be a choice of two or three seats up front, separated from the cargo area by a fixed bulkhead.

No battery range is yet being quoted, but Volkswagen says that onboard charging capability will allow replenishment of the battery to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes. Despite the boxy shape, Volkswagen claims that the ID. Buzz is as aerodynamic as a conventional car to help increase the driving range.

The ID. Buzz range is expected to expand in both light commercial and passenger forms, with more powerful dual-motored variants and a longer-wheelbase body said to be on the way. 

Volkswagen will start taking orders for the ID. Buzz Cargo in May with first UK deliveries expected in October. The company hasn’t revealed any pricing or specification details, but expect a starting price of around £40K.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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