The All-Electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz: The Complete Guide For The UK

Volkswagen ID Buzz
Price: £57,115
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 77 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 260 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include: 



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The All-Electric VW ID. Buzz


The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is the latest pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. It is the first all-electric family MPV from Volkswagen. The EV shares the same MEB platform as the other Volkswagen pure electric cars. The ID. Buzz was first shown as a concept vehicle in 2017 at the North American International Auto Show.

For families keen on a practical and environmentally friendly MPV, the all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz is certainly worth consideration. Though it is currently available only as a 5-seater, the automotive manufacturer is expected to release a seven-seater version in due course.

The e-Van is available in one EV battery size (77 kWh). The manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 260 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EV delivers a useful and practical electric range, for most day-to-day needs and for longer distance motorway driving.

For those new to electric driving, a number of factors impact the claimed range. These include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, wheel size, onboard services used, passenger load and more. The electric car also incorporates regenerative braking to increase the efficiency and electric range. A pure electric range closer to 225 miles is more realistic.

The VW EV offers DC charging up to 170 kW. The EV can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. The EV does incorporate a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, most of us will not be able to take advantage of the three-phase onboard charger. For those with access to 3-phase EV charging, the EV can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes. Single-phase EV charging (7.4 kW) will take just over 12 hours for a full charge.

Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. The manufacturer offers a 8 years/ 100,000 miles warranty. 

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive VW ID.Buzz electric van can achieve 0-62 mph in 10.2 seconds (maximum power: 204 PS/ torque: 310 Nm). The top speed for the EV is 90 mph. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The EV is well equipped. Some of the standard features include: adaptive cruise control (ACC) stop & go with speed limiter, dynamic road sign display, lane assist, park assist plus including park distance control, rear-view camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Discover Pro’ navigation system with 12 inch colour touch-screen and more.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the VW ID. Buzz electric van via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
Good zero-emission pure electric range Only available in one battery size option
Attractive and iconic exterior styling Not currently available as a seven-seater
170 kW DC charging and 11 kW onboard charger as standardCheaper alternatives available

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The All-Electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:MPV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

£ Variants (2 Options)
ID. Buzz Life (from £57,115)
ID. Buzz Style (from £61,915)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 77 kWh
Charging:170 kW DC Rapid Charging (5%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

£ Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1927
Width (mm):1985
Length (mm):4712
Wheelbase (mm):2989
Turning Circle (m):11.10
Boot Space (L):1,121

ID.Buzz
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):255 – 260 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/ 62 mi):
20.8 – 21.2
Charging: 170 kW DC Rapid Charging (5%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:10.2 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm): 310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Weight (kg):2,459
Colours:11
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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