The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is the first-ever VW electric minibus. The ID.Buzz combines elements of the classic Volkswagen bus with a fully electric powertrain, bringing the popular body style into the future. There’s plenty of hype surrounding the new German electric vehicle. Unfortunately, the electric minibus is already having its first setback.
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz just hit a snag
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric minibus is easily one of the most impactful upcoming electric vehicles. Its design is so unique that it’s practically in a lane of its own. To say that millions of people worldwide are waiting on the ID.Buzz is an understatement. So, news of a production delay isn’t exactly welcome.
ID. Buzz production began on June 2nd, 2022. InsideEVs reported that ID.Buzz production came to a screeching halt on June 27th. Battery quality issues seem to be the reason that the German automaker had to stop ID.Buzz production in its tracks.
Plenty of popular electric vehicles have been tripped up by battery issues. The Chevy Bolt battery debacle is a prime example of how important quality control is when producing electric vehicles. So, Kudos to Volkswagen for nipping this issue in the bud. Sure, a production delay is disappointing, but most drivers would prefer delayed production over a faulty battery that overheats or even catches on fire.
The popular Ford mustang Mach-E is also suffering from battery issues. Ford recently had to recall 48,924 Mach-E electric SUV models to remedy the problem. Fans are eagerly awaiting the Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric bus, but they can wait longer for a more reliable EV.
What should you expect from the Volkswagen ID. Buzz?
The European ID. Buzz is 185.5 inches long, 76.3 inches tall, and 78.1 inches wide. It will be taller and wider than a Toyota Higlander but not quite as long. The ID. Buzz will be about 3.5 inches longer than the Toyota RAV4 compact SUV.
InsideEVs claims that the European ID. Buzz will use a 150kW electric motor to make 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. That’s two less horses than a RAV4 but much more torque. The ID. Buzz won’t debut in North America until 2023, so we’ll have to wait and see how it compares to the European version of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. Buzz. If it’s anything like the VW ID.4, then the Buzz should cause quite the buzz when it arrives.
Should you buy a Volkswagen ID. Buzz?
According to Electrek, the American version of the 2024 Volkswagen ID. Buzz should have a starting price of around $60,000 before taxes and additional fees. If the federal electric vehicle tax incentive still applies to VW EVs by the time the electric bus surfaces, buyers could pay closer to $52,500-$55,500.
The VW ID. Buzz is one-of-a-kind. If you like to regularly pack up the family and head down to the beach, or go on frequent road trips, the ID.Buzz could be the perfect EV for you. Let’s hope that by the time the electric microbus is in America our charging infrastructure has improved dramatically.
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