World premiere for Volkswagen’s electric public bus – M3

World premiere for Volkswagen’s electric public bus – M3
World premiere for Volkswagen's electric public bus - M3 1

Update (2022-03-10):

World premiere

After some delays, Volkswagen has now presented ID Buzz, a modern interpretation of the classic “public bus” T1. It also comes in a van version called ID Buzz Cargo.

Both models will go on sale in a few countries during the autumn, where Sweden is gratifyingly included. Volkswagen will open for pre-orders in May.

ID Buzz interior
Photo: Volkswagen

To begin with, it is a model with a light base of just under three meters that provides five seats in ID Buzz. A model with a longer wheelbase will come later, which may mean a third row of seats.

Both launch models are powered by an electric motor on the rear axle with 150 kilowatt power (204 horsepower) and a battery with 77 kilowatt hours of capacity that can be quickly charged with up to 170 kilowatts for 5-80 percent charge in half an hour.

No prices have been announced yet.

ID Buzz
Photo: Volkswagen

Earlier:

The public bus will make a comeback. This was announced by Volkswagen on Monday at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California. But this time it’s a completely electric minibus instead of the original petrol engine.

Volkswagen presented its new interpretation, called ID Buzz, for the first time in January this year. Back then it was just a concept car, but after the company received lots of both emails and letters from customers asking the company to put the car into production, Volkswagen announced today that ID Buzz will very much become a reality.

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But those who are hungry for future-affirming nostalgia in the form of an electric bus will have to wait until the year 2022 when the first ID Buzz will roll off the production line. When the original from 1950 had a moderate 25 petrol-powered horsepower, this is instead a fully electric minibus with two engines with a total of 369 horsepower.

One engine is on the front axle, the other on the rear axle (together they provide four-wheel drive) and in between is a large battery with a total capacity of 111 kWh. A full charge should give a range of almost 50 miles and at fast charging stations it should be possible to charge the battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

The new public bus is a much more high-tech creation than the original. Volkswagen announces that it must be “fully connected”, be able to provide scooter experiences to passengers and from 2025 be able to be equipped with ID Pilot, a system for self-driving.

– ID Buzz stands for new Volkswagen, said Herbert Diess, board member and representative of the company during a press conference, and with the diesel scandal in the fresh memory of many, a new electric start is perhaps exactly what Volkswagen needs.

Read also: Volvo is phasing out petrol cars – only electric and hybrid from 2019

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