Volkswagen Australia says there is already a high demand for its electric vans here with retro-cool IDs. Buzz man-mover and id. Buzz cargo work spinoff – but don’t expect to see them until the end of 2024.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles announced this week that it has begun taking orders on ID. The Buzz MPV and cargo van in Germany, along with the rest of Europe, will soon follow
But Australia, despite demand from customers and fleets seeking to burn their green certificates, appears to be slightly below the global packing order – our CO2 target, according to VW, has not been helped by a lack of a key determinant of supply.
“We’re constantly talking to Fleet customers, not just local governments, about what our future electric vehicles will look like, because the demand is high, they want to get there faster. [rather] Ryan Davis, Brand Director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia Care Expert This week.
“ID. The cargo is firmly on our radar as well as on ID. [but] Perhaps by the end of 2024 we can expect to sell it.
“We have big aspirations for the size of that car, so we are confident that we are going to get it. From what we have put on the table, from the point of view of volume, what we can achieve here, we think the factory will be very happy with that appetite. “
MEB-based ID. Buzz and Cargo use an 82kWh battery and a 150kW / 310Nm rear drive motor, which can charge DC up to the claimed range of 423km (WLTP) and up to 170kW.
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Volkswagen has focused on selling its ID EV range worldwide (ID.3 hatch; ID.4, ID.5 and ID.6 crossover; and now ID. Buzz and cargo range) in Europe, China and North America, where demand and incentive – Carrots and sticks – both more.
Despite the demand, the delayed launch of ID vans is similar to the ID.4 and ID.5 ranges sold by Volkswagen Passenger Arm, which are not on track for Australia before 2023.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo have been shown as the spiritual successors of the beloved Combi, which remains an icon here. There is also a growing market for converting old ones into EVs
Over the next few years the space for EV vans in Australia will increase at a relative rate, with entrants including second generation Renault Kangu EVs, Ford e-Transit (2022) and e-Transit Custom (2024), and Mercedes-Benz eVito and EQV (2022) and eSprinter (2024).