At the wheel of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, the zero emission Bulli

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Up to 30 driving assistance systems, including automatic parking (five can be stored) and road “reading” capabilities even in the absence of road markings thanks to data collected from other vehicles in the group, up to 420 kilometers of travel. zero emissions and up to 2,205 liters of luggage compartment capacity (3,900 for the Cargo variant) hidden behind a huge tailgate. These are just some of the numbers that characterize the new era of the Bulli, the popular Volkswagen van that has become an icon and renamed ID. Buzz. With its aerodynamic coefficient of less than 0.29 and as the designers have revisited it, the unprecedented electric van does not at all show the 70 years it is, even if the lines make it unmistakably anchored to its origins. This is also why Andreas Gottwald, who is naturally biased in dealing with the communication of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division, can serenely affirm that this is “the most emotional of the models built on the group’s electric modular platform”.

The MEB architecture “stretched” up to 471 centimeters confirms all the good sensations transmitted so far on the rest of the ID range. Despite a maximum speed electronically limited (for now) to 145 per hour (in the future there will be variants with which you can run even more), it has a cue from 0 to 100 of just 10.2 seconds: not bad for a vehicle of 2 , 5 tons of curb weight driven by a 204 hp unit and 310 Nm of torque. The 77 kWh net battery placed under the floor ensures a flat floor which increases the versatility rate of the ID. Buzz. At the front you can completely remove the central tunnel, while at the rear – which can be accessed thanks to two large side sliding doors (also electrically controlled on request) – the two sofas for a total of three seats can be moved, reclined and refold. The German Quc Quc immediately took advantage of this to develop a specific module, spartan but functional (a double bed, a gas cooker with two burners, two 10-liter water containers and a sort of sink), which anticipates the future California camper version (the engineers are already working on it). It can already be ordered: it costs 3,000 euros, weighs about fifty kilos and when it is on board it involves the sacrifice of the luggage compartment alone.

The passenger compartment is incredibly spacious (the overall height is always less than 195 centimeters) and airy: sitting in the front it is practically impossible to touch any wall with your legs. And even take a seat behind the situation is not too different. Even the central seat feels reasonably comfortable. On the other hand, the pitch is 3 meters: probably the ID will also be presented next year. Elongated Buzz, as well as all-wheel drive (now it is exclusively rear).

Visibility is good even if it takes time to get used to the bulk of the “nose” and the deep dashboard, among other things like the rest of the interior lined with hard plastics. Like the Bulli, also the ID. Buzz is synonymous with independence, freedom and also a certain unconventionality. The price is not exactly popular, because it starts from 66,000 euros for the Pro version and reaches 68,500 euros for the Pro + (the van price list starts at just under 58,200). Curiosity and interest, at least from what is perceived between Denmark and Sweden, where the test drive takes place, are enormous: over a third of the production scheduled for this year is already covered by orders.

The maneuvers are easy because the turning circle is just 11 meters and the movements within the center of the capital confirm this. Name aside, the ID. Buzz is a convincing vehicle, beautiful to look at and easy to drive. For the moment not yet on the very long distances despite a full half hour is enough for a full 5 to 80%, but in Hanover they are already working on a variant that, according to rumors, will reach 600 kilometers of autonomy.


What is that: is the first commercial vehicle to be developed on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electric platform, the MEB. The van is offered in both car and cargo versions. The development of long wheelbase, all-wheel drive and camper versions is already underway

Dimensions: length 4.71 meters, width 1.99 (2.12 with mirrors), height 1.95 (maximum), pitch 2.99

Rivals: Citroën ë-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Rifter, Opel Combo-e Life, Toyota Proace City Verso Electric and, albeit longer, the Mercedes EQV minivan

Traction: rear

Engines: electric synchronous with permanent magnets of 204 Hp and 310 Nm of torque

Full speed: 145 km / h (from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.2 ”)

Battery and Charging: 82 kWh (77 net); for a rapid refueling from 5 to 80% it takes half an hour, for a full “slow” full tank with alternating current at 11 kW 7 and a half hours

Boot capacity: between 1.121 and 2.205 (3.900 for Cargo)

Advantages: spaciousness, versatility, design, availability of assistance systems

Defects: interior plastics, dimensions of the dashboard

Production: Hannover (Germany)

Prices: the commercial vehicle, the Cargo van, has a price list starting at 58,173 euros. The van Pro and Pro + versions cost 66,000 and 68,500 euros respectively.

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