Volkswagen's 2024 ID.Buzz Microbus: Reimagining the Electric Bus

Jane Lu
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 · 4 min read
With more manufacturers releasing
electric vehicles
(EVs) or pledging to be gasoline-free in the near future, it was only a matter of time before consumers started asking for bigger vehicles and options for families. 
So far, the electric vehicle market seems saturated with smaller cars, but some manufacturers are working to release vehicles that are more accommodating of larger families.
Volkswagen is one of those companies
, and they are reaching into the past for inspiration.
The electric ID.Buzz Microbus is set to arrive in 2024.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz Microbus is set to debut in 2024

The 2024 Volkswagen ID.Buzz Microbus is an electric van that draws vivid and obvious inspiration from the classic microbus of Volkswagen's past. The concept design cuts a familiar figure, and the iconic design is set to return to roadways in the U.S. and Europe in 2024. 
The ID.Buzz Microbus is one of Volkswagen's new electric vehicle releases as part of their commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2050. According to Volkswagen, they are committed to clean energy and aim to sharply increase EV sales in the near future. 
So far, the ID.Buzz only exists as a concept vehicle, but
Car and Driver
has confirmed that the van will reach the United States in 2023. While the nostalgia factor is huge for the ID.Buzz Microbus, the technology is completely new. 

What's so special about the ID.Buzz Microbus?

There still isn't much information about the concept van, but what Volkswagen has released is more than enough for many families to take a second look at the retro-inspired van. Besides being fully electric, the spacious interior is generating buzz. 
The ID.Buzz Microbus will feature three rows of seats, but the customization options and seating configurations are the most exciting part. All of the seats can either turn, fold down, or be removed completely. Whether a family needs all the seating, or a little extra room for hauling toys and supplies around, the ID.Buzz can accommodate. The variations are almost endless. 
There is also a table on the center console, which slides back and forth on a track. The concept van also includes a fold-away steering wheel.

The ID.Buzz will be built on Volkswagen's Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform

The MEB platform is shared with Audi's e-Tron vehicles, which boasts 200 horsepower in the base model. While Europe will also get a commercial van along with the passenger van, the U.S. will only get the latter. With all-wheel drive added, consumers can expect around 300 horsepower.
The ID.Buzz is built for comfort during travel, and it should have a range of about 300 miles. In addition, Volkswagen says that the
fast charging system
should get around 80% battery life in about 30 minutes, so families looking to go on long road trips should be well taken care of. 
Car and Driver believes that the model might also see Volkswagen's next generation of driver-assist and safety features, too. This would include the autonomous technology that they are working on. 
Because the ID.Buzz only exists as a concept for now, there hasn't been any testing done, so many things are still unknown. The specs are still subject to change until production actually begins. Even so, the model shows promise. 
The van should begin at about $40,000 for a base model, but with no information about specific trim levels yet, no one can be sure exactly what options are included. 
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