Update: ‘Price’ section added.
The much-awaited all-electric ‘Bus is here, and the model line includes a commercial van, the VW ID Buzz Cargo. Together, the VW ID. Buzz and the ID. Buzz Cargo enables Volkswagen to enter the electric van/MPV segment that’s quickly becoming popular in the U.S., Canada, and European countries. We’ve already covered the passenger model in a separate story. Now, let’s talk about the commercial electric van.
The VW ID. Buzz Cargo measures 4,712 mm (185.5 in) in length, 1,985 mm (78.1 in.) in width, and 1,938 mm (76.3 in.) in height. It has a 2,988 mm (117.6 in.)-long wheelbase. The only difference with the exterior dimensions is that the Cargo model is 1 mm (0.04 in.) higher than the MPV. VWN will introduce a long-wheelbase version with an extended wheelbase later.
The standard-wheelbase ID. Buzz Cargo offers 3.9 m3 (137.7 cu ft) cargo space, which is enough for two euro pallets. For reference, the standard-wheelbase ID. Buzz’s maximum cargo space is 2,205 liters (77.9 cu ft). The maximum payload capacity of the ID. Buzz Cargo is 650 kg (1,433 lbs).
|VW ID. Buzz Cargo Aspect||Value|
|Length||4,712 mm (185.5 in)|
|Width||1,985 mm (78.1 in.)|
|Height||1,938 mm (76.3 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,988 mm (117.6 in.)|
|Gross Vehicle Weight||3,000 kg (6,614 lbs)|
|Cargo Space||3.9 m3 (137.7 cu ft)|
|Maximum Payload Capacity||650 kg (1,433 lbs)|
|Tires||235/60 R 18 103 T (front)/255/55 R 18 105 T (rear)|
The drive system is the same, meaning a rear-mounted electric motor draws energy from a 77 kWh battery pack and generates 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. VWN has electronically limited the top speed to 90 mph. There’s no word on the driving range yet, but the company will offer new options for the battery pack and motor from 2023.
The maximum charging power when using alternating current is 11 kW. The maximum charging power when using a DC fast-charger is the highest for any production VW EV – 170 kW. Using direct current, fast-charging from 5 to 80% SoC takes approximately 30 minutes.
The VW ID. Buzz Cargo features the same design as the ID. Buzz. It has a drag coefficient of 0.29, which is marginally higher than the passenger model (0.285 Cd) and comes with minor visual differences.
The front end is no different from the passenger model. On the sides, the ID. Buzz Cargo gets typical commercial van traits like disabled rear windows and a single sliding door on the passenger side. VWN will allow configuring it with a second sliding door optionally, though.
At the rear, VWN has used clear-lens tail lights. The ID. Buzz Cargo’s taillights are also different from the ID. Buzz as they are narrower and don’t include the inner-side extended portion of the passenger model’s cluster. In the same vein, it has deleted the thin light strip.
The ID. Buzz Cargo has a differently designed dashboard with a unique upper part that doesn’t house a full-width AC vent. There are five USB-C ports instead of eight.
Several differences make the ID. Buzz Cargo more practical than the MPV for its application. For example, two additional cup holders are located in front of the A-pillars. As standard, the commercial van accommodates three passengers in the first row instead of two, sitting on a double bench seat. However, a more comfortable, two-seat layout with an individual passenger seat is optional.
A fixed partition separates the cargo space, which has wood flooring, and as an option, customers can specify it with a window and an opening for loading items from the inside. There are lashing rings on the floor and lashing rails on the side walls to secure cargo.
Production & Release Date
The VW ID. Buzz Cargo, manufactured alongside the ID. Buzz in Hannover, Germany, will go on sale in Europe this autumn. Production of the ID. Buzz Cargo started in the first week of April 2022, and the passenger version is scheduled to enter production in May 2022.
A few weeks after the successful world premiere of the ID. Buzz is starting production of the Cargo version this week – and it’s doing so as planned. The fact that we managed to start series production despite difficult conditions is a real team effort and shows what the Hannover location and its workforce are capable of.Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr. Carsten Intra on April 4, 2022 (translated via VWN Presse)
In the initial weeks, Volkswagen is expected to make limited units considering the automotive supply chain woes. Dr. Intra has said that the company will ramp up ID. Buzz production in 2023 to 50,000-60,000 and further to 120,000-130,000 units eventually. In the first calendar year (2022), though, it expects to produce 12,500-15,000 units.
A subsidy eligibility list Germany’s Federal Office of Economics and Export Control has published reveals EUR 45,740 (USD 47,652) as the base price of the VW ID. Buzz Cargo. A report from presse-citron.net says that including VAT, the commercial version of the ID. Buzz could cost nearly EUR 55,000 (USD 57,299) in the base specification.
VW ID. Buzz Cargo is not coming to the U.S.
VW has confirmed that North America will not get the ID. Buzz Cargo. The company will focus on the ID. Buzz (passenger model) in this region, bringing down the long-wheelbase specification with market-focused adaptations. The American ID. Buzz units will come from the same German factory, though. With the U.S. launch scheduled in 2024, customers here will have to wait a lot longer than in Europe, where the launch of the passenger model will happen this year.
Chicken Tax could be the main reason for the ID. Buzz Cargo isn’t coming to America. Light trucks and vans imported to the U.S. attract a 25% tariff, and the resulting steep prices would make the ID. Buzz Cargo seem uncompetitive compared to rivals like the Ford E-Transit and the Ram Promaster Electric. Unless Volkswagen manufactures the ID. Buzz in North America, which is not an immediate possibility, the commercial derivative may not be available in the country.
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