The Microbus is officially back and it's got a new name, the ID. Buzz. The ID. Buzz takes the idea of the T1 Microbus and turns it into a modern EV that sits on the company's Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform. Seen here in its European version, the ID. Buzz packs an 82kWh battery that powers a 201 hp motor that produces 229 lb-ft of torque. As for charging, the van can charge at 11 kW via AC power and when it's plugged into a DC fast-charging station, it ramps up to 170kW, allowing for a charge from 5% to 80% in 30 minutes.
It will also support bi-directional charging that can send power into the home and additional battery options will be available with varying power output levels. The European market will launch with a standard wheelbase model that measures 117.6" in length and features a five-seat configuration. The longer wheelbase model will be available with three rows and seven seats and is destined for the US market.
When it comes to the interior, the ID. Buzz is focused on space and comfort with plenty of head and leg room as well as all the tech you could possibly need. It's fitted with a standard 10" Digital Cockpit display and a 10" center console display. A 12" display is available as an option. You've also got USB-C ports throughout the vehicle, a wireless charging tray, wireless app connectivity, customizable ambient lighting, and there's even an interactive "ID. Light" that changes colors to warn drivers of a potential danger or indicate a lane change during route guidance.
THE ID. Buzz will arrive in Europe later this year while a US launch is set for 2024.