Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the first examples of the ID. Buzz electric people mover and ID. Buzz Cargo electric commercial van will starting arriving in December 2024.
Prospective buyers can now register their interest on the Volkswagen Australia website for the ID. Buzz in regular and long-wheelbase variants, as well as the ID. Buzz Cargo.
Volkswagen’s electric Kombi will make its public debut at the Volkswagen Cronulla Surf Masters on October 21. It’ll be displayed alongside “dozens” of original Type 2 vans.
Neither the local lineup, nor pricing, hasn’t been detailed yet, though Volkswagen offers two different lengths globally.
The long-wheelbase people mover adds a third row of seats and all-wheel drive, and the company has previously said bringing it here is a “no brainer”.
Currently, all ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo short-wheelbase models are rear-wheel drive and use a 77kWh (net) lithium-ion battery and a single, rear-mounted electric motor with 150kW of power and 310Nm of torque.
Range is up to 425km according to WLTP testing. It can be DC fast charged at rates up to 170kW and AC charged at rates up to 11kW.
The long-wheelbase models have an extra 250mm between the wheels and measure 4962mm long overall, while also gaining an 85kWh battery pack and a more powerful 210kW rear motor.
Volkswagen has also confirmed a dual-motor all-wheel drive GTX variant, producing 220kW in the short-wheelbase body and 250kW in the long-wheelbase.
“There is nothing on the road that melds love-brand heritage with new-age technical sophistication quite like the ID. Buzz,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles director Ryan Davies.
“We anticipate the coolest battery electric vehicle may quickly become the hottest ticket in town for families, retirees, tradies, surfers and the environmentally conscious all told.”