2022 at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) was dominated by the ID. Buzz, the first Bulli designed as an electric vehicle (EV). After the world premiere in March, pre-sales began in May. Even before the vehicle arrived at dealerships in autumn, customers had already ordered 21,000, clearly exceeding VWCV’s forecasts for the year.
By the end of the year, orders for the ID. Buzz Pro and ID. Buzz Cargo, the electric van version, added up to 26,600 vehicles. During the past year, 10,800 ID. Buzz left the VWCV main factory in Hannover-Stöcken. Around 6,000 have already been handed to customers.
Lars Krause, Member of the Board of Management VWCV for Sales and Marketing, said: “Our ID. Buzz created a real BUZZ in 2022 – not just here, but all over the world.
“We are very happy with the launch of our first all-electric Bulli from Hannover. Now, our task is to further ramp up production of all models and to deliver the vehicles to our customers and fans.
“In the last few months, we’ve already succeeded in doing this and we’ve been able since September to increase deliveries to customers significantly. In November and December, we sent out 30 per cent more vehicles than in the same period last year.”
With a total of 7,500 electric vehicles delivered, VWCV more than doubled the prior year’s figure of 3,600. The most significant proportion of that was accounted for by the ID. Buzz, with which the company has laid the foundations for the large-scale electrification of its vehicle fleet.
Krause added: “The ID. Buzz marks a milestone on our way to achieving the goal of 55 per cent BEV vehicles by the start of the next decade, a target firmly set in our GRIP 2030 strategy.”
It’s good to see the classic Volkswagen bus in its modern electric version doing so well. Its counterpart, the ID. Cargo electric light commercial vehicle (LCV), offers one of the coolest and most practical electric vans on the market.