Volkswagen is finally ready to bring back its iconic bus. It has confirmed that the official reveal of the all-electric ID. Buzz for the U.S. market will take place in 2023. Sales begin in 2024. VW bus fans have been waiting years for this moment. We even covered it back in 2018, and now it’s finally on its way.
The first versions will be offered with an extended wheelbase and three rows of seating. The electric drivetrain should deliver at least 250-miles of range on a charge. The original bus was ahead of its time, thanks to its practical design and configurable interior. The new Buzz will use the latest automotive tech to take that concept to a whole new level.
The Original Icon
First, a bit of history. The very first Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) bus arrived in 1950. Tucking the engine beneath the load floor made it very customizable. Thanks to this design it was built in dozens of variations, from basic panel vans to pickup trucks and even camper vans.
Production of the original rear-engined T2 models ended in 1979 in the U.S. and as late as 2013 in other parts of the world. Such was its popularity that it retains a massive fan base to this day.
Making The VW Bus Great Again
The VW ID. Buzz features a modern take on that iconic look and comes packed with innovations. Highlights include an efficient all-electric powertrain and carbon-neutral construction methods. Just what is needed to bring the benefits of the original VW Bus to a whole new generation of car buyers.
The new Buzz will be released in late 2022 for the European market. U.S. buyers will have to wait until 2023 for the official debut with sales starting in 2024. Europeans will get a five-seater minivan and a Cargo Van. In the U.S., we will initially get a long-wheelbase version of the minivan with three rows of seats.
What’s Under The Hood?
Not all the details for U.S. variants have been confirmed just yet. Initial specs indicate that it will feature:
- 250-mile range
- 77kWh battery pack
- 170kW fast charging
- 201hp to 295hp
The new bus uses VW’s modular MEB platform so there’ll be lots of parts shared with models like the ID.4 SUV. For example, the European ID. Buzz gets a 77kWh battery pack and 201-hp electric motor, as used in the ID.4. This combination yields 258-miles between charges on the European WLTP testing cycle. U.S. models should get a slightly larger battery pack to achieve a similar range under our stricter EPA rating system. Standard fast charging of up to 170kW will get you from 5% to 80% in just 30 minutes.
One thing the new Buzz won’t copy from the original is its laid-back approach to acceleration. Aside from the base 201hp single motor version, we should also get an all-wheel-drive 295hp dual electric motor as well. Either motor package promises to move the ID. Buzz along much faster than the bus.
VW’s drive to revitalize once-loved brands and nameplates is spearheading the brand's drive to also bring back the Scout off-roader. The Scout was originally built by International Harvester in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It will be arriving in 2026 as an all-electric pick-up and SUV.
Both the Scout and the ID. Buzz will most likely use the same electrical architecture as most of VW’s other electrified offerings. With our comprehensive list of OEM VW parts, you can bet that we’ll be stocking everything you’ll need for the Scout and Buzz when they arrive.
Can It Repeat The Success Of The Original Bus?
The ID. Buzz won’t only rely on nostalgia alone to drive sales. It will come packed with some impressive tech, too. Notably, cutting-edge features like the vehicle-to-home energy transfer and smart charger recognition will be included.
The all-electric VW ID. Buzz will be officially revealed for the U.S. in 2023. Sales of the long-wheelbase, three-row minivan version will start in 2024. With no direct rivals, lots of modern tech and plenty of scope for future customizability, it looks to be heading for a sales slam dunk. We can’t wait until it finally arrives.