VAN driver – do you want an electric truck?
Until now I dare say the answer is “no”, and it is.
They are expensiveIt takes too long to charge, and if you need to change to a different postcode, you’ll most likely walk home.
But in the end things are finding.
This is the truck that will make mechanics think about going electric.
Yes, it is still expensive. Yes, it still takes an hour to recharge. But Volkswagen’s Buzz Cargo ID has the range to get you from Sheffield to Birmingham and back without causing headaches.
It will run about 252 miles non-stop, almost three times as long as Mercedes eVito at 93 miles.
And how cool does it look?
With or without rainbow camouflage on this prototype.
The ID Buzz Cargo is the spiritual successor to the Type 2, VW’s original trailer from the ’50s (Beetle was the Type 1).
It just works
That van spawned a gazillion bus and cargo truck for hippieshedge fund managers and everyone else in between.
Out of all the ID vehicles I’ve tried so far, this is the only one I have.
I find it hard to love ID cars – ID3 and ID4 – with their bubble interiors. But this thing is a proper toolkit.
All the good things of a Carrier but no slide.
VW is starting with two versions: This dashboard van (ID Buzz Cargo) from £42k and a five-seater bus (ID Buzz) from £50k. Both are rear-wheel drive, like the old T2, and use a 77kWh battery pack.
In the near future, there will be a longer wheelbase version with a larger battery and all-wheel drive. Expect a seven-seater bus and a Camp truck in California. Don’t expect them to be cheap.
Okay, back to the prototype we tried out ahead of next week’s big reveal. It’s 20cm longer than the Tricycle and 20cm shorter than the Transporter, so it’s between the two.
It swallowed 4m³. Or two Euro pallets. Loading length is 2.2m (plus 45cm with baffled hatch). The payload is 580kg.
You can have the cargo door sliding on both sides, the rear door opening or the back door, and two or three seats in the front.
Driving impressions: Easy. Just point and spray. Funny little spin. Steering is gentle but precise. The body is fastened (battery is not light). It just works.
In addition, the visibility is excellent. Part of that is because you’re sitting high up, but it’s also possible that the camera technology is separated, above and below the windshield. ID3 has a big lump at the top.
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Also, unlike the ID3, this has a dash that matches the cup holder and the shelf. And a more conventional steering column stub for the drive selector. Like a Merc.
The takeaway from the ID3 that we really like is that PAUSE and PLAY are engraved on the brake and gas pedals.
Choose mode B for harsher regenerative braking and you won’t be affected much by city traffic.
Recharging from the home wall box will take about 11 hours. You will get 80% juice in an hour on a public fast charger.
So you have it.
The first electric truck is cool and goes a long way.
I can see VW getting a lot of business from big teams that prefer one identity, such as the Pimlico Plumbers.
I could also see my partner lining up to buy a used one for the next few years.
GOODS VOLKSWAGEN ID BUZZ
The battery: 77kWh
Power: 201hp, 310Nm
Max speed: 90mph
Limit: 252 miles
Item block: 580kg
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8448318/volkswagen-id-buzz-cargo-review/ Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo is an electric truck, bus and camper, all in one