VW ID.Buzz (2022): The electric Bulli with T1 genes
In 2022 a Volkswagen icon will be electrified – the Bulli. What began in 1950 with the first T generation is set to undergo its greatest transformation over 70 years later and change its drive concept. Despite all the change, the brings new drive but also back old virtues and proves one thing above all: the bus is incredibly important for VW. Although vans and Multivan models remain true to the combustion engine for the time being, the ones that are so important for VW With the fully electric bus, lifestyle customers get a locally emission-free alternative.
Look: ID.Buzz wants to be close to the original Bulli
In 2017, Volkswagen launched its ID. Buzz study shows what the electric van of the future should look like. The design is strongly based on the first generation of the bus, the T1. Its characteristic front shield with the V-shaped indentation is one of the most striking design elements here and is also a theme in the new edition. Even the iconic one Two-tone paint allowed to carry the bus study. According to Erlkönig pictures, the production model is astonishingly close to the concept car. The overhangs are short, the window areas are large and the design language of the exhibition bus can also be recognized at the rear, despite the camouflage film. The mission is clear: the new electric bus should look as close as possible to the cult bus of the first generation.
Interior: ID.3 and ID.4 cockpit likely
That cockpit is said to be strong with reference to prototypes that have already been sighted ID.3 and ID.4 orientate. The electric bus will also have a small digital cockpit directly on the steering column. The vehicle itself is controlled via the central monitor. There are hardly any buttons left, so the Bulli would almost be like its electronic siblings exclusively by touch being controlled. It is completely open, however, how the fund, which is so important for a VW Bulli, will be designed. Already the new one T7 Multivan pursues a generation change new interior philosophy and comes in the future without a foldable rear seat bench. Individual seats and a sliding center console are the new spatial concept here; the production version of the ID.Buzz could also pursue this approach.
Name and versions: VW could also call the bus Samba
It is still unclear whether the first fully electric Bulli will really be called ID.Buzz. Although the name would continue the nomenclature of the electric models at Volkswagen, the sibling models have always had numbers in their names. In addition, rumors are circulating that bring the historical name “Samba” back into play. According to this, the production version of the ID.Buzz could listen to the famous name of the legendary T1 with up to 23 windows, for which well over 100,000 euros are now being demanded on the classic car market. There will only be clarity about this shortly before the premiere.
Even if the name is still unclear, there is more certainty about the versions. VW recently launched one fully autonomous version of the ID.Buzz version shown, which will start its service for the ridepooling provider MOIA from 2025. In addition to the window bus with space for several people, there is also one commercial version plannedwhich then works without a window in the rear. Multivans and vans are still offered with internal combustion engines, but for companies that are primarily on the move in the city, the Cargo version of the ID.Buzz but represent a fully electric alternative with more focus on optics.
Technology: ID.Buzz flexibly scalable thanks to MEB
With the ID.Buzz, VW is also introducing its So far the largest model on the new electrical construction kit (MEB). The floor pan, which also serves as a substructure for VW ID.3, Skoda Enyaq and Audi Q4 e-tron, thus has space for additional batteries in the underbody. Since VW arranges its power storage in a frame between the axles, an extended wheelbase also means more possible battery cells. Like all models on the MEB, the E-Bulli is also included 400 volts operated and uses a fast charger that provides the maximum 135 kW Charging power brings.
In the previous models, approx 550 km range possible, how it looks with the production version ID.Buzz, remains to be seen. In the basic version, the ID.Buzz could only be equipped with rear-wheel drive, a common feature with the ancestor T1, which also relied on rear-engine and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optionally conceivable, which should not pose any major hurdles due to the modular structure of the platform. The performance of the e-machines is pure speculation, but the most powerful MEB model performs as an all-wheel drive up to 306 hp. Volkswagen could introduce the electric bus at the beginning of 2022.