The Volkswagen ID Buzz won’t come cheap in Europe

It was 2017 when Volkswagen first got the word out by showing off its ID Buzz concept at the Detroit Auto Show. It was the first signal of the microbus’ potential rebirth as an all-electric vehicle, and the world is still eagerly awaiting its release five years later. Bus buyers won’t have to wait much longer, as the ID Buzz is set to release in the US by 2024 and in Europe later this year.

Early European buyers will soon have the chance to queue for their delivery, as Volkswagen this week announced plans to start taking pre-orders for Europe. And a pre-order announcement also meant the world would get a first look at the price of ID Buzz, and a spoiler alert: it ain’t cheap.

Initially, the Buzz ID will only be offered in vans Pro trim, a tony model equipped with the largest battery offered in a VW brand vehicle at 82 kilowatt hours. (Although a larger 111kWh pack has been rumored.) Before the incentives, VW says the ID Buzz Pro price in the German market will cost buyers a whopping $68,082. , similar to VW Transporter T6 California. The Cargo version, which the United States does not receive due to the chicken tax, starts at $57,381 (54,430 euros). No pricing has yet been announced for the California Pure, long-wheelbase or lower version of the Buzz.

Although American prices for the Buzz have not yet been announced, European prices could help estimate the type of prices seen in the United States. German market prices include value added tax, which is around 19%. With no VAT, the Buzz ID rings in the bottom right around $55,000.

This cost is only a prediction, of course. A Volkswagen spokesperson said The reader that it plans to announce pricing for the US in early 2023, although the converted European price without VAT “isn’t too far off” from the price the automaker expects in the US According to the releases, the features and battery sizes offered in the United States, the price may be significantly different when moving up or down the model line.

Meanwhile, potential ID Buzz buyers in Europe willing to foot the bill can start pre-ordering vehicles on May 20. Volkswagen says it is preparing to deliver its first copies of the microbus to customers starting this fall.

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