Volkswagen Ireland is now taking orders for the retro-styled ID. Buzz Cargo electric van. Styled to look like the original, classic, ‘Bulli’ Type 2 van from the 1950s, the ID. Buzz Cargo will be available to van buyers in Ireland from €41,548 — that ex-VAT and including the €3,800 commercial vehicle electric grant.
Six trim levels
The commercial version of the ID. Buzz will be available in six trim levels — Cargo, Cargo Comfort, Cargo Business, Cargo Executive, Cargo Tech and Cargo Max. Even that basic Cargo model will be very well-equipped, with cruise control, two sliding side doors, and front and rear parking sensors as standard.
Cargo Executive models will come with 19-inch ‘Tilburg’ alloy wheels, radar-guided cruise control, keyless entry, and a rear-view camera for low-speed manoeuvres. Executive models will have a starting price of €51,862 ex-VAT.
The top-spec Cargo Max model will start from €55,187 ex-VAT and comes with 20-inch ‘Solna’ alloy wheels, the Travel & Park Assist packs, which include lane-keeping steering, blind spot warning, and automated parking with a 360-degree camera, and built-in ‘Discover Pro’ navigation. All models will come with App Connect, which allows you to connect your phone to the car’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as accessing data and live charging status via the Volkswagen smartphone app. There will be a multi-function steering wheel in all models too.
To underline the ID. Buzz’s eco-credentials, Volkswagen says that what would have been interior leather trim has been replaced with leather-free synthetics. Volkswagen produces the ID. Buzz Cargo using sustainable materials, including battery housings and wheel rims from green aluminium and tyres from low-emission production.
All models will get the same 77kWh battery pack, which VW says gives the ID. Buzz Cargo a one-charge range of between 400 and 420 kilometres. The 204hp single electric motor, with 310Nm of torque, is taken from the ID.4 and ID.5 SUV models and powers the rear wheels. The ID. Buzz will be capable of charging from AC power up to 11kW and public DC chargers at up to 170kW.
Internally, the ID. Buzz Cargo can carry two EuroPallets with a cargo volume of 3.9 cubic metres. The maximum payload low at 650kg, with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 3,000kg. The cab will be available in two or three-seat layouts.
Alan Bateson, Managing Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, commented, “The launch of the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo has been one of our most successful launches in the brand’s history. The interest levels in Ireland to date have been phenomenal which is a true testament to this evolutionary, ground-breaking addition to our range. We’re delighted to now be in a position to allow our customers to build this vehicle online using our customer configurator whilst our dealer network are waiting and ready to take orders.”