Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van and minibus: pictures, specs and on-sale date

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van and minibus has been photographed testing in close-to-production form a third time, as well as being showcased as a self-driving test platform

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz fully electric van and minibus has been photographed testing on public roads for a third time, showing the forthcoming model testing with little camouflage. Both passenger and cargo versions are expected, and the most recent set of spy photos appear to show the latter. In addition, a camouflaged prototype of the model (pictured above) was officially unveiled by Volkswagen at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, serving as a testbed for self-driving technology developed in conjunction with Argo AI.

As you might expect, the ID.Buzz's boxy shape translates into plenty of space inside, but the fact that it's fully electric car is also a big help. It means designers can leave a flat floor inside, while there’s enough room for eight seats or significant cargo volume. Battery capacities ranging from 48 to 111kWh are expected, for an estimated driving range of up to around 340 miles. Both single and dual-motor layouts are anticipated, too, with a 201bhp and 99mph top speed for the former.

The arrival of the ID. Buzz means there won't be a fully electric version of the new T7-generation Volkswagen Multivan minibus, but that model is adopting plug-in hybrid power for its latest generation. When it arrives, the ID. Buzz will be another member of Volkswagen’s ID electric-vehicle family, following on from the ID.3 hatchbackID.4 SUV, ID.5 SUV and joining the also-forthcoming ID.Vizzion hatchback and estate.

They’re all built on the company’s 'MEB' platform, which has been developed specifically for electric cars, but the retro looks of the Buzz contrast with the modern style of the other two. The Buzz is unashamedly inspired by the 1950s Type 2 Microbus. The concept version (pictured below) has the same two-tone paintwork and a flat front end with a big 'VW' badge, although the full LED lights are a thoroughly 21st-century touch.

No exact launch date for the ID. Buzz has been issued as yet, but at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in the US in 2017, the then-Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess said that the model would be on sale "by 2022". It's likely to be unveiled in the latter part of that year, with deliveries to customers happening in early 2023.

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