Volkswagen ID Buzz electric minivan coming to US in 2024

Volkswagen is betting an electric vehicle with Throwback Thursday appeal and modern features will earn its new “ID” EV sub-brand a place in American hearts and driveways.

The good news: Initial photos of the VW ID Buzz made just about everybody smile.

The bad news: It’s a minivan, arguably the least exciting type of vehicle.

Consciously styled to resemble the VW Microbus that became a counterculture icon in the 1960s, the ID Buzz goes on sale in Europe this fall, America in 2024. VW plans to sell both cargo and passenger models.

The Buzz’s nostalgic looks include a front end reminiscent of a smiley face, upright profile, two-tone paint and windows reminiscent of the Microbus.

The Buzz shares its structure and powertrain with the VW ID4 SUV. “ID” is the sub-brand VW created for its new family of EVs. VW will build the Buzz in Hannover, Germany. Most of the EV’s components are also built in Germany, many at VW plants as the automaker tries to manage job losses due to EVs’ lower parts count and labor requirements.

Controls of VW ID Buzz minivan

There’s no word yet on prices or driving range.

Bigger model coming to the US

VW will build both passenger and commercial versions of the Buzz. The initial European version measures 185.5 inches long – around 20 inches shorter than typical of American minivans – and seats five. Its 117.1-inch wheelbase promises generous cargo space for the commercial version likely to account for the most sales in Europe. A stretched version – wheelbase and other dimensions TBA – is scheduled for production in 2023.

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