Volkswagen's Electric Nostalgia: The ID. Buzz Brings Back the Iconic Microbus

Volkswagen's Electric Nostalgia: The ID. Buzz Brings Back the Iconic Microbus
Valentin 15 September 2023

German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has at last revealed a production-ready model of its entirely electric ID. Buzz — a contemporary reinterpretation of the iconic hippie-era Microbus.

The European version of the ID. Buzz Cargo

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz represents a blend of nostalgic design with modern electric vehicle technology, showcasing a step towards future automotive advancements. 

Here’s a breakdown of the ID. Buzz's electric and technological features based on the available information:

Electric Powertrain and Battery:

  • The ID. Buzz rides on Volkswagen's Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform which is shared with other VW electric vehicles like the ID.4 crossover​​.
  • It will be available with either a single-motor rear-wheel-drive setup, with a 201-bhp, 150-kW electric motor, or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup​​.
  • The vehicle houses a 91 kWh battery, and while the exact range hasn’t been confirmed, the battery size suggests a competitive electric range​.
The interior of the European model of the ID. Buzz


  • Performance specifics between the all-wheel-drive (AWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variants are yet to be disclosed by Volkswagen​.
  • The single-motor setup is rated at 201-bhp and the dual-motor setup is expected to be more powerful, providing better acceleration and top speed​.

Technological Advancements

  • The ID. Buzz is expected to come with modern technological features, although detailed specifics have not been provided in the documents I was able to access. The mention of more performance, power, and technology in the ID. Buzz, as well as in its cargo variant, hints at a technologically advanced vehicle​.
  • It's logical to anticipate that the ID. Buzz will incorporate contemporary tech features like advanced driver assistance systems, connectivity options, and infotainment systems similar to other modern electric vehicles, although exact details are yet to be disclosed.
Front seats ID. Buzz

Market Availability

  • The ID. Buzz is set to be available in Europe in 2022 and in the U.S. in 2024, marking a notable step in expanding electric vehicle options, especially for those preferring larger vehicles like minivans and SUVs​​.

Environmental Impact

  • By transitioning from fossil fuel to electric power, vehicles like the ID. Buzz contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change​.

The ID. Buzz brings a modern electric touch to a classic design, melding the past with the future, and contributing to the broader shift towards electric and technologically advanced vehicles.

The unveiling of Volkswagen's all-electric ID. Buzz not only marks the automaker's nod to its iconic past but also showcases its stride towards modern, sustainable transportation

By melding a nostalgic design with today's electric vehicle technology, Volkswagen is bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. 

The ID. Buzz embodies a forward-thinking approach, displaying how automotive heritage can be revitalized to meet the evolving demands of eco-conscious consumers and the global shift towards greener mobility solutions. 

Through this modern reimagining of the classic Microbus, Volkswagen is effectively contributing to the broader narrative of automotive evolution in the face of a rapidly changing transportation landscape.