Volkswagenrecent history of electric truck preferably patched, but a VW ID. Buzz Cargo aims to change that. This is the first commercial vehicle to be based on the brand’s MEB electric vehicle platform and its own powertrain will help it achieve class-leading range and economy figures.
That range figure is yet to be confirmed, but with a 77kWh battery and a dedicated electric platform, it should be able to outperform the Stellantis consortium’s range of electric trucks (Citroen e-Dispatch, Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Et cetera). These trucks run about 205 miles when charged, and with VW ID.3 The hatchback delivers up to 330 miles from its 77kWh battery, a range of about 250 miles that is possible for commercial vehicle newbies.
About the size, ID. Buzz Cargo enters VW commercial vehicle range between Caddy Cargo and Transporter T6. It is 4,712mm long, 1,985mm wide and 1,938mm tall, and has 3.9 cubic meters of space in the cargo area. That’s almost a cubic meter more than a Caddy Cargo, and VW says it’s big enough for two Euro pallets to fit inside.
The loading area is accessed via a top-hinged tailgate or barn-style doors at the rear, or with single or side sliding doors. The tailgate has windows and can be partitioned with the windows, as well as an option to load cargo under the passenger seat. There’s a maximum load weight of 650kg and a 632mm high sill, while VW will offer a longer wheelbase ID. Buzz Cargo at a later date.
Up front, there will be the option of a two- or three-seat cabin layout, while features include a 5.4-inch digital cockpit display for the driver and a 10-inch infotainment screen. This will also be available with online connectivity and wireless smartphone compatibility. Cabin storage includes an optional ‘Buzz Box’ with five-litre storage and a top compartment with an ice scraper and bottle opener. This unit is fixed in place between the front seats on two-seater models and can be removed when necessary.
Power the ID. The Buzz Cargo is powered by a 201bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. There’s also 310Nm of torque at a stop, so acceleration should be quick, and since the front wheels are free to steer, VW made a tight 11.1-meter spin for the rider. new.
However, the van’s exterior styling is one of the highlights. The sleek shape is inspired by VW’s Type 2 or ‘Bulli’ as it’s known, and the smooth front end and slim headlights are a styling cue similar to the other ID models. The van’s aerodynamics have been honed to increase efficiency, with a figure of 0.29Cd quoted by VW.
The truck was revealed at launch in a two-tone white-blue-blue color scheme, which will be offered as an option on the ID. Buzz Cargo, in yellow, orange and green colors is also on offer.
Price for ID. Buzz Cargo has yet to be announced, but final specs, along with range and performance figures, will be revealed closer to the on-sale date later this year. Expect to see ID. Buzz Cargo hit VW Commercial Vehicle centers in the fall.
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