Doug DeMuro Is All A-Buzz About the Upcoming VW Electric Bus
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 · 3 min read
The world has waited a long time for Volkswagen’s new electric microbus. The German auto giant first teased the concept for a new van inspired by its legendary Type 2 model back in 2001.
Ideas for an electric version were shared a decade later, but solid plans for production and U.S. sales didn’t arrive until last year.
Now the actual model rolling out of factories and onto European roads later this year has been unveiled, and popular YouTube car guy Doug DeMuro can’t get enough of it.
Jerry weighed DeMuro’s review of the ID. Buzz against the rest of what’s known about the upcoming van.
Europe will be the first to get the new VW electric bus
Volkswagen will start selling its new bus under its electric sub-brand, ID. The ID. Buzz, as it’s called, is expected to reach consumers across the Atlantic in the second half of 2022.
Europe’s electric van will be a short-wheel-based, rear-wheel-drive model with two rows of seats, 200 horsepower, and a battery with about a 260-mile range—not a lot to write home about, but DeMuro says the van’s design does more than enough to keep drivers interested.
From its shape to its color scheme, the ID. Buzz exudes nostalgia. But plenty of details bring the concept into the 21st Century. From styling flourishes and LED light strips to USB-C ports and an infotainment screen, the new VW electric bus brings the Type 2 van into the present.
How will Europe’s VW electric bus compare to the one heading to the U.S.?
While European drivers will have the chance to buy their ID. Buzz's this year, Americans will have to wait until 2024. But timing won’t be the only thing distinguishing the electric buses in each market.
The American version of the ID. Buzz will be longer and will likely have a more powerful powertrain option as well, thanks to the promised all-wheel-drive option that VW told DeMuro to expect.
That said, a lot of the quirks and innovations in this year’s European model will likely carry over, like its fun functional interior design and the light bar that’s used to communicate navigation signals and safety warnings to the driver.
What will it cost to insure the VW electric bus?
With sales not starting for at least another two years, it’s impossible to know how much car insurance will cost for the ID. Buzz. A quick look at comparable models might give us a reasonable idea of what to expect.
Average rates for Volkswagen’s current electric car, the ID. 4, sits at $1,970 a year. But annual rates for the Atlas, VW’s three-row SUV, average out at a wincing $3,000. Coverage for the ID. Buzz could go either way, depending on its size, capability, and a number of other factors.
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