Volkswagen looks set to succeed with the ID Buzz electric van that was introduced earlier this year. The company said that ID Buzz’s electric van orders reached 12,500 pre-orders. This led the company to consider expanding its ID Buzz production.
Via Automobilwoche, CEO of Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (VWN) Carsten Intra said the German auto giant has collected more than 12,000 pre-orders for ID Buzz. Interesting data is that about half of the pre-orders received are ID Buzz Cargo.
“And that’s without any of the customers even seeing or touching the vehicle at the dealership or even being able to drive it. That’s quite amazing. And about half of the pre-orders, more than 6,000, are for the ID Buzz Cargo,” Intra said.
The company says that the delivery time for ID Buzz is about six months. This vehicle is also very popular, because it is a reincarnation of the legendary Volkswagen T1.
“We’re now at the delivery date already at the end of the first quarter, March or April 2023. Of the roughly 15,000 vehicles we will build in 2022, after all, not all of them can be delivered to customers immediately. We have to stock the dealers first. So the first 6,000 vehicles will go into the showrooms, followed by the customer vehicles,” Intra said.
Of the 12,500 ID Buzz pre-orders Volkswagen has collected, around 3,700 are from Norway and 2,700 are from Germany. About 1,200 are from the Netherlands and another 1,000 are from Belgium. Around 900 pre-orders also came from the UK, with pre-orders just opening there.
“Immediately after the IAA Transportation, we will first start stocking the dealers. And from November, the first vehicles will then be delivered to customers,” Intra said, adding that for now, ID Buzz production is at about 100 units per day. By the end of the year, this number is expected to increase to 200 units. “And then next year we’ll really ramp it up. Toward 100,000 it should already be going,” the executive said.
Volkswagen targets to produce around 130,000 ID Buzz every year. This number seems very achievable given the interest it has garnered from the area in which it is being offered today. This vehicle also has not reached other markets, such as Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, or China. It also hasn’t made its way to the United States.