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The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Electric Bus Will Be More Expensive Than We Thought

The retro-inspired people carrier is set to go on sale this Autumn in the UK, but it won’t come cheap

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The original Volkswagen ID. Buzz was first teased way back in 2017, and we caught our first glimpse of production-ready models earlier this year. Now, we’ve received confirmation of prices for the upcoming Type 2-inspired electric bus, and, oh boy, is it expensive.

According to Volkswagen, UK customers can place a £2,000 ($2,499) pre-booking fee with their dealership of choice between the 30th of May and the 30th of June to secure a priority slot for an ID. Buzz. The range-topping ‘1st Edition’ model, which includes the full range of optional safety, security and convenience features, as well as 21-inch wheels, starts at an eye-watering £62,995 ($78,719). The entry-level ‘Life’ model starts at £57,115 ($71,371), rising to £61,915 ($77,369) for the ‘Style’ trim level. Well, there goes our dream of an affordable ID. Buzz electric camper van conversion.

Volkswagen - The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Electric Bus Will Be More Expensive Than We Thought - News

The production-ready ID. Buzz uses a 77kWh lithium-ion battery, which is good for 258 miles of range, and capable of sending 201bhp to the rear wheels through a rear-mounted electric motor. The production-ready ID. Buzz has a strong resemblance to the original concept we saw in 2017, though it’s lost a few of the futuristic elements that made it so exciting. Standout design features include slender LED headlights, a distinctive light bar and a mesh grille up front, along with a raked windscreen for improved aerodynamics, and sliding doors for added practicality. It’s undoubtedly one of the coolest vans we’ve seen, but that huge price tag could be a deal-breaker for some potential buyers with fond memories of the original.

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Those in the US will have to wait until 2024 to get behind the wheel of the ID. Buzz, but the electro-bus will arrive in the UK and Europe this Autumn. During the new model’s life cycle, we can expect six- and seven-seat versions of the ID. Buzz, though the 5-seat configuration will be offered as standard. The interior will feature a 5.4-inch Virtual Cockpit driver’s display, as well as a 10 or 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted to the minimalistic dashboard.

Volkswagen - The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Electric Bus Will Be More Expensive Than We Thought - News

We’re looking forward to seeing some converted ID. Buzz campervans from those with deep enough pockets to buy the battery-powered bus. For now, it seems like we’ll be sticking to pop-up tents.