I check out the new Volkswagen ID Buzz at the LA Auto Show. The VW Microbus is back and it’s electric! The Buzz makes the mini van cool.
The style of the ID Buzz is iconic and and friendly. The tight overhangs of the aerodynamic body (cd 0.29) correspond visually with the agile drive characteristics. The 150 kW (201 horsepower) electric motor makes its maximum torque of 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) immediately available. Thanks to the rear-wheel drivetrain (as in the original T1 Bus), the steering is also free of any influence from the drive system.
The 77-kWh battery is integrated deep within the vehicle floor to help to lower the center of gravity and reduces roll to a minimum. The weight is spread centrally within the vehicle, thus ensuring neutral handling. All of this, as well as a tight turning circle of just 11.1 meters (36.4 ft), makes the ID. Buzz the ideal vehicle for city driving as well.
In the combined WLTP cycle, the range of the ID. Buzz is up to 263 miles. The battery can be charged at home, at work or at public AC charging points using an 11 kW on-board charger. At DC fast-charging stations, ID. Buzz can pull as much as 170 kW, allowing for 5 to 80 percent charging in just 30 minutes.