VW ID.Buzz First Look: EV Makes Trucks Cool Again

We’re in the middle of the electric car revolution and every day it feels like a new electric car, truck, or SUV hits the road. But if you want an electric truck, your options are more limited, which is exactly what VW hopes to tackle with the upcoming ID.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend ID.Buzz’s tag, so when I heard it was coming up again at the New York International Auto Show, I made sure to stop by and check it out. Now, technically, VW doesn’t call the ID. I’m removing a truck, so I’ll let you decide where this thing fits among other electric vehicles. But what we do know is that it’s set to go on sale sometime in 2024, and features a 77kWh battery with two rows of seats for the European model (which Volkswagen offered) or three full rows of seats and a slightly taller chassis for the US market. . Other specifications such as range and price are yet to be determined.

While the European-spec version of ID.Buzz only has two rows of stats, the American model will have a longer wheelbase and three full rows of seats.

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But make no mistake, unlike the countless we’ve seen over the past 20 years, this is a production-ready car, so it’s more or less what you’ll see at dealers. And I think it looks totally cool, and it’s actually kind of impressive. Usually, when you think about buying a car, you feel like you’re giving up on being cool or cool in favor of practicality.

Just like the original, Volkswagen has kept the Microbus two-tone color scheme. Although if that’s too much for your taste, there will also be less flashy one-color paint jobs. Meanwhile, to bring Microbus’ design into the 21st century, the company has gone very simple with plenty of detail, opting for clean lines and a large VW logo on the front and rear, along with black pillars that make the bus look like it’s wearing a mask.

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Inside, Volkswagen continues the new design using the same diamond pattern seen on the grille, and a two-tone interior featuring animal-free upholstery and vegan leather. The infotainment system is similar to what’s available in a car, with a small screen behind the steering wheel and a larger touchscreen in the sporty central icons that can be made to match a Buzz paint job. There’s also a thin strip of light running through the base of the windshield that acts as a head-up notification system, although I haven’t seen it in action because it’s usually only active when the car is in motion.

My favorite thing about id. The interior of the uzz is all the little touches of use. I spotted no fewer than four USB-C ports—one on each door—and I’m willing to bet the US version will have at least one or two for third-row passengers. Volkswagen has also made it so that you can completely remove the center console between the front seats, giving occupants more room to move around. He even threw some fun Easter eggs like a smiley face behind the front passenger’s interior door handle and a small ID, Buzz emblems on the rear windshield and base of the rear seats. And while the VW wasn’t on hand, there was an accessory inserted into the trunk to create a flat loading rack. This means you can throw a mattress in the back and use the Buzz for things like camping, which was one of the best things about the old Microbus.

One of the many Easter eggs scattered around the VW ID.Buzz.

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Perhaps most importantly, when you step back and look at the future truck market, Volkswagen is leading the way with ID.Buzz. Sure, Ford is working on an electric version of the Transit, and Mercedes has an EV version of the Sprinter. But those are designed to be commercial vehicles, not something the average person would buy. And this is kind of sad, because transporting children or animals for short distances around the city is the ideal use case for an electric car.

So when ID.Buzz finally arrives sometime in 2024, it will be ahead of competitors like, which currently only exists as a hybrid. Not only has Volkswagen made what appears to be a great reinterpretation of the classic car, the ID.Buzz is a groundbreaking electric car. Oh, and if you just want to move things around, Volkswagen is planning on making a payload version of the ID.

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