Too bad it's been delayed.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is only the beginning of the German automaker's desire for electric vehicle market dominance. Tesla has awoken a sleeping giant. As VW continues to dig in for the long haul beyond its MEB platform with the just-announced Project Trinity, several new vehicles are expected in the near future. One of them is the much-anticipated production version of the ID.Buzz concept, a modern interpretation of the iconic VW Type 2 Bus. Unfortunately, a recent report claims it's been delayed from 2022 until 2023. The road from concept to production is now expected to take six years.
With its configurable interior and flexible seating options and plenty of aesthetic styling nods inside and out, the ID.Buzz (that name may not be final) could be VW's coolest new model and now we're getting our first indication of pricing.
According to a report from Germany's Edison, the all-electric van will cost between 40,000 to 60,000 euros depending on trim and battery size. Figure less than a $50,000 starting price, or a $47,500 to $71,300 range. Federal and state tax incentives will help drop the final amount. And speaking of batteries, the report claims the vehicle will launch with two different battery packs.
"The battery formats differ from ID.3 and ID.4. According to the current state of affairs, the inexpensive entry-level version has a battery with around 60 kWh, which should be good for a good 300 kilometers (186 miles) range (according to the WLTP standard). According to VW findings, an ideal value for short-haul traffic in larger cities. The large battery, on the other hand, is planned with around 100 kWh - the more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) range should make the bus fully suitable for travel."
Two types of concepts have been revealed so far, a passenger vehicle and a cargo version. The former definitely requires maximum range while the windowless commercial van could probably get by with less due to limited daily travels within cities of all sizes.
The report also mentions VW is using the ID.Buzz as an autonomous driving test platform. These versions will feature a raised roof in order to accommodate the LiDAR technology and other necessary cameras and hardware. Autonomous driving, specifically Level 5, remains several years away. Hopefully, VW's plan to get the human driver-required ID.Buzz won't encounter any further delays.