Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are giving the new ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo their world premiere today in Hamburg.
With Europe’s first all-electric bus and transporter range, Volkswagen is providing yet another solution to sustainable and CO2-free mobility.
The ID. Buzz comes with the latest ID. software and sets new standards in its segment with the latest systems and functions for safety, comfort and charging.
Ralf Brandstätter, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars said: “The ID. Buzz is a genuine icon for the electric era.
“A car, the likes of which only Volkswagen can build.
“In the 1950s, the Volkswagen Bulli stood for a new feeling of automotive freedom, independence and great emotion.
“The ID. Buzz picks up on this lifestyle and transfers it into our time: emission-free, sustainable, fully networked and now ready for the next big chapter: autonomous driving.
“With this car, we are bringing together the core themes of our ACCELERATE strategy in one product for the first time.”
Carsten Intra, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, said: “Both versions of the ID. Buzz are pioneering in terms of their sustainability: their manufacture and shipping has a carbon-neutral footprint.
“We are also using recycled synthetic materials and the interior is completely free of any real leather.
“The ID. Buzz will also be used for future autonomous mobility concepts such as ridepooling – an e-shuttle service of Group subsidiary MOIA that can be booked via an app.
“The electric Bulli is thus also a part of the future of inner-city transport.”
The ID. Buzz, which is built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, is based on the group’s modular electric drive kit (MEB).
The world’s first scalable mass production platform for all-electric cars provides the cross-brand basis for all sorts of different models and segments.
Its architecture allows for an evolutionary further development of software and technology, which not only benefits new models such as the ID. Buzz, but also models that have already been delivered, by means of over-the-air updates.
The new model line’s assistance systems perfect ease of driving and safety.
Included as standard in the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the ‘Car2X’ local warning system, which utilises signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time
Also included as standard: the ‘Front Assist’ emergency braking function and, in the MPV, the ‘Lane Assist’ lane-keeping assistant.
With new software, new assistance functions are also making their way into the ID. family.
Available as an option is ‘Travel Assist with swarm data’, which facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane-changing on the motorway.
Also new: the ‘Memory Function’ for automated parking on a previously saved route.
The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are launching across Europe with a 77 kWh battery (gross energy content: 82 kWh). It provides current to a 150 kW electric motor, which – as the flat engine once did in the T1 – drives the rear axle. The position of the battery, integrated deep down in the sandwich floor, and the lightweight electric drive system result in a good distribution of weight and a low vehicle centre of gravity. The lithium ion battery can be charged from wall boxes or public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). Via a CCS plug connector at a DC rapid-charging station (direct current) the charging power increases to as much as 170 kW. When charged in this way, the battery charge level rises from 5 to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.
ID. Buzz drivers and passengers experience the new Bulli feeling in a spaciously designed interior.
Typically Bulli: the layout is very clear, the concept well thought through and utilisation of space optimal.
In the lounge-like, friendly ambience of the MPV version, five people have ample room for travelling and for their luggage (1,121 litres of capacity).
If the second row of seats is folded down, the load capacity increases to up to 2,205 litres.
Two or three seats up front, as the customer desires, and a fixed partition separating off the 3.9 m3 cargo space are distinctive features of the ID. Buzz Cargo.
The zero-emission cargo version can take two loaded euro pallets, loaded in transversely.
One feature of the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is the long wheelbase of 2,988 mm, roughly the same as that of the current T6.1.
The length of both versions is 4,712 mm.
By virtue of what, in relation to the overall length, is a very long wheelbase, optimal use is made of the vehicle footprint.
Including roof aerial, the two versions of ID. Buzz measure, dependent on specification, 1,937 mm or 1,938 mm in height.
At 1,985 mm, the new model is 81 mm wider than a T6.1. The turning circle of 11.1 metres, meanwhile, is unusually small.
The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will come onto the market in the first few European countries this autumn - advance sales are due to start in May.
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