That’s why America doesn’t get the Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo
After years of anticipation and hype, the Volkswagen ID Buzz has finally arrived in production form. Several variants will be available, but initially a short-wheelbase 5-passenger version will be launched alongside the Cargo model pictured above. Both will go on sale in Europe later this year, but those chasing a Buzz in the US will have to wait a bit longer. Why? Because neither version will reach American shores.
The Buzz short-wheelbase passenger was dropped in favor of a long-wheelbase 7/8-seater model for the US market. It won’t go on sale until 2024, though. Meanwhile, a California version, expected to be the closest Buzz production to the 2017 Concept, will arrive in 2025.
VW has no plans to sell the ID Buzz Cargo in the US, either in SWB or LWB form (only an SWB version is confirmed at this time anyway). The reason for this decision is the chicken tax. Simply put, it’s a 25% tariff on light trucks manufactured outside of the United States. As a commercial van, the Cargo falls into this category, while all Buzz models will be produced in Hannover, Germany. Therefore, the Cargo would be very expensive if sold in the US, making it an unviable option for VW.
The Cargo offers 137.7 cubic feet of space, enough for two Euro-size pallets. The version revealed last week includes a 77 kWh and 204 hp battery. A smaller 58 kWh battery is fitted to the 5-seater ID Buzz Pure. Both batteries are shared with other ID models. Although unconfirmed, multiple reports suggest that the US-bound LWB Buzz will feature a much larger battery, around 100kWh.
Exact range figures for the Buzz have yet to be given, but the 58kWh pack should be good for up to 200 miles per charge, while the Buzz fitted with the 77kWh battery could potentially handle around 250 miles per charge. A larger pack for the LWB Buzz could see that figure pushed over 300 miles, but we’ll have to wait and see.