The image found in the patent application appears to be the same as the one shared in a Volkswagen Group Twitter post on April 27 as part of World Design Day, albeit with an edited background.
At the time, Volkswagen called the design an “invisible draft” of ID.Buzz that went from idea to production. While the patent image is not a guarantee that the vehicle will be produced, Volkswagen has long shown interest in making electric pickup trucks.
The former CEO of Volkswagen Group America, Scott Keogh, said just days before the tweet above that the automaker was actively planning on making electric pickup trucks, describing the transition to EVs as a “lifetime opportunity” that would act as a “reset moment” for the automotive industry.
Keogh himself is now CEO of the Scout brand, which is part of the newly formed VW group, which will manufacture electric pickup trucks and SUVs for the US market. The pickup version of the Volkswagen microbus is nothing new, the pickup version of the VW Type 2 which is the predecessor model of the ID. Buzz, was offered and used for commercial purposes in the past. Similarly, the ID.Buzz variant is being offered to companies in Europe as a commercial vehicle.
The ID.Buzz is powered by an 82 kWh battery and a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque. Versions with different battery sizes and power output levels are coming in 2023.