VW ID. Buzz California EV Camper Delayed Due To Weight Considerations: Report

The all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz minibus has been a hit story for the European automaker, serving to VW overtake Tesla within the EV gross sales struggle in Germany within the first seven months of the yr.

Taking inspiration from the long-lasting VW Kind 2 van, the zero-emissions individuals hauler can be a very good candidate for a camper, as proven by conversion specialists comparable to Alpin Camper, which confirmed a prototype residence on wheels again in January.

As such, it is smart that Volkswagen is considering bringing the California nameplate to the ID. Buzz mannequin, however in keeping with a brand new report from Edison Media that quotes firm officers, it seems like the electrical model of the flamboyant pop-up camper has been delayed on account of weight considerations.

At present, the VW California is predicated on the ICE-powered Multivan and has an unladen weight someplace between 5,070 kilos (2,300 kilograms) and 5,732 lbs (2,600 kg), relying on the configuration. Which means with 4 individuals on board and a few objects of baggage, it suits within the European B driving license class, which restricts the utmost weight of a automobile to 7,716 lbs (3,500 kg).

In line with Edison Media, an ID. Buzz fitted with the identical tools as a Multivan-based California – pop-up roof and built-in kitchen, amongst different issues – would have a dry weight of round 6,613 lbs (3,000 kg). Add the motive force, passengers, and baggage, and the whole weight may go over the license restrict, forcing potential prospects to acquire a truck license (C class).

In consequence, the upcoming California Idea camper, which shall be placed on show on the Caravan Salon present in Dusseldorf, Germany on the finish of this month, shall be based mostly on a plug-in hybrid long-wheelbase Multivan, with the sequence manufacturing model anticipated to roll off the meeting line subsequent yr.

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz debuted in the USA in June as a long-wheelbase mannequin accessible with two battery choices: an 82-kilowatt-hour pack and a 91-kWh unit. Deliveries of the all-electric microbus will start within the third quarter of 2024.