VW ID. California electric campervan development begins

  • ID. Buzz to spawn the 'VW ID. California' campervan model
  • VW ID. California likely to be more spacious, comfortable, and advanced than the T7 California
  • Likely to be made in Hannover, Germany, based on the LWB ID. Buzz
  • Expected to be launched in the U.S. by 2026

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s mid-term plans include the launch of a pure electric campervan – the VW ID. California. As you must’ve guessed or known by now, we’re talking about a VW ID. Buzz California, meaning the campervan will be a conversion of the ID. Buzz. Here’s everything we know:

Development begins

In a press announcement on December 9, 2021, the Volkswagen Group confirmed a new electric vehicle derivative called VW ID. California. In all likeliness, it was referring to a campervan version of the ID. Buzz.

Design

At a 2023 Car of the Year event, Kai Grünitz, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said that a concept version of the VW ID. California is in the works, Autocar said in a report it released on January 12, 2023.

It seems the design work for the VW ID. Buzz California has begun at the Walhalla, the top-secret Volkswagen Design Center in Wolfsburg, Germany. We already have a fair idea of how it will look. The picture you see in this story is our depiction of a U.S.-spec VW ID. California beach camper. Do note that the electric campervan hasn’t received the green signal for the U.S. yet.

VW ID. California (based on the ID. Buzz) rendering electric campervan
The VW ID. California (rendered) may get the ID. Buzz’s largest battery pack as standard. TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the electric campervan pictured for reference.

The pure-electric campervan we’ve rendered has a wheelbase longer than the Euro-spec ID. Buzz. We’ve painted the future model in a baby blue color that would make it feel right at home when driven to pristine Californian beaches. The campervan that we have derived from the ID. Buzz passenger van flaunts exclusive alloy wheels as well. It has an electrically operated pop-up roof that creates a generous upper berth for a second sleeping enclosure.

Release date

In an interview with German publication Automobilwoche, published in September 2022, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Carsten Intra discussed the VW ID. California release date. According to Intra, the electric campervan will arrive after the next-generation California (derived from the T7 Multivan). The VWN boss said that the company will discontinue the T6.1 California in 2024 and that there could be a short vacuum after that.

Autocar claims that the ID. California is likely to debut in 2025, although it doesn’t clarify whether it’s talking about a concept or the final version. However, we think there’s a good chance it’s the latter. What’s certain from Intra’s words is the electric campervan will co-exist with the gas-powered California campervan.

TopElectricSUV says

Car buyers are increasingly switching to zero-emission vehicles (such as hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs), and it’s time recreational vehicle owners follow suit. The ID. Buzz California will allow these adventurers to enjoy their leisure activities in an eco-friendly way, and in more comfort and convenience.

Featured Image Source: TopElectricSUV.com’s rendering of the VW ID. California.