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#Vanlife rejoice! VW has unveiled the long-wheel-base ID.Buzz for North America.

An electric homage to the iconic Microbus offers 3-row seating, more power and a bigger battery

Volkswagen has unveiled the much-anticipated three-row ID.Buzz. Paying homage to the iconic Volkswagen Microbus, the three-row ID.Buzz has been tailored specifically for North America. It offers a longer wheelbase than the two-row European vehicle that debuted in 2022, plus a bigger battery and more horsepower. Retro design cues—like the oversized VW logo, short overhangs, and available two-tone color palette—meet a tailored interior, cutting-edge EV technology, and advanced driver assistance features, clearly marking it as a vehicle of the future. The three-row ID. Buzz is planned for sale in the North American market starting in 2024.

Key Features of the Three-Row ID. Buzz

  • Rear-mounted electric motor with 282 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque
  • 91 kWh battery pack
  • Up to 250 miles of EPA-estimated range
  • DC fast charging capable of up to 80% charge in 30 minutes
  • Standard 12-way power driver and passenger seats with ventilation, massage, and memory functions
  • Standard Climatronic® automatic climate control with dedicated air vents for all three rows
  • Standard panoramic glass sunroof with electrochromic tinting
  • Standard wireless App-Connect, wireless charging, and eight USB-C ports
  • Available Harman Kardon premium audio system with 14 speakers
  • Available Flexboard with two fabric storage bins

Pricing and Availability

The three-row ID. Buzz is expected to start at $40,000. It will go on sale in the United States in 2024.

Our take

Here at EV.Guide we love having FUN with EVs. That's why we cover Motorsports, and Supercars, and now VW has given us a new category of fun: a big grinning adventure vehicle in bright skittles colors. This is no sports car, but it's a big container to create the sort of memories that make us remember the original so fondly: sun-drenched surf, late-night campsites, laughter from the back of the bus. There are few van options currently available but we think this one really hits the right notes on styling and packaging, with the hazy glow of nostalgia. Electric power is great for the beach, the campsite, the small business and the road trip and these are all of the places where the original Microbus etched its way into our hearts decades ago. Being able to run power for camping kit or even just run climate while taking a break from the surf without having to idle an engine is a huge benefit. Having extra cargo volume for boards or bikes or beds helps even more. Suffice it to say, we're excited to get out hands on one of these.


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