The buzz about the Volkswagen ID. Buzz is that pre-orders have already topped 12,500, leading the company to double production targets. According to a report by Automobilwoche (paying wall), Carsten Intra, President of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says: “And that without any of the customers seeing, touching or even being able to drive the vehicle.
The first demonstration models should soon arrive at dealerships in Europe, according to Intra. The identity. Buzz is built at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany, where around 100 a week are assembled today. This number is expected to double by the end of this year. Eventually, the company now plans to manufacture 100,000 IDs. Buzz vehicles per year, with 130,000 per year possible if the demand is there.
The identity. Buzz is offered in Europe as a short-wheelbase model with 2-row seating for 5 people or as a cargo van for commercial users. So far, half of the pre-orders have been for the retail version. In fact, at the IAA Transportation trade show for commercial vehicles this week in Hannover, Volkswagen presented a version of the ID. Buzz, which was outfitted as an emergency vehicle by German installer Bösenberg, according to Green Car Reports.
The layout possibilities of the ID. The buzz is virtually limitless, and Volkswagen clearly wants to position it as a vehicle for contractors, tradespeople, first responders, delivery services, and more.
The identity. Buzz is still 2 years away from being offered in the North American market, where it will have a longer wheelbase and three-row seating for 7 passengers as well as a commercial variant with more cargo space. According Ars Technica, it is possible that Volkswagen decides to build the ID. Buzz in North America, if there is enough demand, either at its new EV plant in Chattanooga or possibly at a second US plant if the company decides to go that direction. “[In 2024] we will have to see how high the demand is and if we can increase capacity again,” Intra said.
There seems to be some magic left in the aura that surrounds the memory of the iconic Volkswagen Microbus. Other manufacturers offer electric vans, but while they are long in terms of utility, they lack style. Just because you’re in business doesn’t mean you have to drive a boring vehicle.
The people at The conduit took one for a test drive at the IAA Transportation show this week and reports the ID. Buzz was a blast to drive – quiet, comfortable, nimble, with a focus on ease of entry and exit for delivery drivers who get in and out of their vehicles all day. One feature they liked was a tight turning circle that allows it to easily turn around on a 2-lane road.
As for the early interest in the ID. Buzz, they point out that many local authorities in Europe require a strong sustainability component in their construction and transport tenders, which almost necessitates going electric. Manufacturers want their goods to be transported across the continent and on last mile delivery to customers with zero emissions.
This year, the focus was on the electric commercial vehicle show. Even a major player like Volvo Trucks did not bring a single diesel-powered vehicle to this year’s show. My, how things have changed in the space of a few years.
Ford, Renault and Daimler also had electric commercial vans on display at the show. Still The conduit said, “there’s absolutely no doubt which major auto company had the cutest, friendliest product.” Carsten Intra says people smile and wave when they see one. The Microbus magic is still very much alive, apparently.
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