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VW ID Buzz bets on battery power, nostalgia to boost EV ambitions

Technically, the ID Buzz is based on VW’s ID4 electric crossover that uses VW Group’s MEB electric platform.

VW’s design boss, Jozef Kaban, said the ID Buzz’s “wonderfully short overhangs” create a direct link with the original classic Microbus, while the rest of the vehicle is updated with modern safety features and technology.

The ID Buzz offers room for up to five people, with a six- and seven-seat configuration and an extended wheelbase version to follow soon. The standard configuration has a sliding door on each side.

VW says the ID Buzz and ID Buzz Cargo have a spacious interior comparable with VW’s T6.1 van, thanks to a long wheelbase of 2,988 mm in a compact overall length of 4,712 mm. The T6.1 has a similar wheelbase but is 192 mm longer.

The passenger van has a lounge-like, friendly ambience with lots of space for passengers and luggage, Kaban said.

The Cargo edition is large enough to fit two euro-sized pallets in the back.

The dashboard is dominated by a 5.3-inch display positioned in the middle of the dashboard with a 10-inch or 12-inch infotainment touch screen.

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