TNI || New Delhi || 15th March 2022
The Volkswagen ID Buzz is officially here in production, after years of excitement and fanfare. There will be several variants available, but initially the Cargo model will be joined by a 5-seater passenger version with a short wheelbase.
Both will be available in Europe later this year, but anyone looking for a Buzz in the United States will have to wait a bit longer. This because neither edition will be released in the United States.
The Buzz’s short-wheelbase passenger vehicle has been dropped in favour of a 7/8-seater model with a longer wheelbase for the US market. However, it won’t be available until 2024.
Meanwhile, in 2025, a California version will appear, which is the production Buzz that is nearest to the 2017 Concept. VW has no plans to market the ID Buzz Cargo in the United States, in either SWB or LWB configuration.
The Chicken Tax is the driving force behind this decision. Put simply, it’s a 25% levy on light trucks built outside of the United States. The Cargo comes into this category as a commercial van, and all Buzz versions will be manufactured in Hannover, Germany.
As a result, if the Cargo were to be offered in the United States, it would be prohibitively expensive, rendering it unsustainable for VW.
The Cargo has 137.7 cubic feet of storage space, which is sufficient for two European-sized pallets. The version presented last week had a battery pack with a capacity of 77 kWh and a power output of 204 horsepower.
The 5-seater ID Buzz Pure comes with a smaller 58 kWh battery. Both batteries are interchangeable between ID models.
Several rumours imply that the LWB Buzz planned for the United States will have a substantially larger battery, roughly 100 kWh in capacity.
The Buzz’s exact range estimates are yet to be revealed, but the 58 kWh battery ought to be suitable for almost 200 miles per charge, while the Buzz with the 77 kWh battery should be able to travel about 250 miles on a charge.
That number might be stretched to over 300 miles with a larger pack for the LWB Buzz, but that, one has to wait and see.