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Volkswagen ID. Buzz range, battery & charging

A solid range of over 250 miles for all ID. Buzz models is paired with 170kW rapid charging speeds that top anything VW has offered before

Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Battery sizeRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
77kWh255-258 miles12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)30mins (5-80%, 170kW)

At launch, the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are only available with the ‘Pro’ powertrain, which pairs a 77kWh battery with a 201bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle. However, Volkswagen has already confirmed more variants are on the way, including cheaper ‘Pure’ models that’ll feature either a 45 or 58kWh battery. Exactly which unit it’ll use has yet to be announced, but it’s likely to offer a range closer to 200 miles.

We expect the forthcoming ID. Buzz GTX will use the same powertrain as the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX. That includes the 77kWh battery from the ‘Pro’ models, but thanks to a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive and 295bhp, the high-performance ID. Buzz is unlikely to go more than 220 miles on a charge.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz range

Every ID. Buzz comes with a 77kWh battery at the time of writing, which Volkswagen says is enough for the electric minibus to cover up to 258 miles, depending on the exact specification, and for 256 miles to be possible in its panel van counterpart. 

During our time with the top-of-the-range Style model, in warm conditions including town and motorway driving, it was able to return almost exactly 3.0mi/kWh, which translates to a real-world range of 231 miles – just 24 miles short of the WLTP claimed range, which isn’t too bad. It's still considerably further than rivals like the Peugeot e-Rifter or Citroen e-SpaceTourer can go before needing a top up.

Charge time

The ID. Buzz boasts the fastest rapid charging speeds in Volkswagen’s EV line-up, capable of reaching up to 170kW compared to the ID.4’s 135kW. As a result, if you find a suitably fast charging point, you can top up the 77kWh battery from 5-80% capacity in exactly half an hour. But, if you want to fully replenish the ID. Buzz’s battery via a 7.4kW home wallbox or on-street charging point, it’ll need to be plugged in for over 12 hours.

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