Concerns over the weight of Volkswagen’s ID.Buzz California camper van might lead to a postponement of its release.
Volkswagen’s anticipated ID.Buzz California camper van launch may be delayed due to weight exceeding European license limits.
The camper van’s weight issue is specific to European driving license constraints, not affecting North American markets.
Volkswagen’s plan to introduce a plug-in hybrid camper for European customers remains unaffected by the ID.Buzz delay.
The anticipation surrounding the launch of Volkswagen’s ID.Buzz California camper van has captured attention, particularly with the return of the VW bus to North American markets. While the Buzz’s arrival in the United States is still awaited, European markets have witnessed the availability of standard electric people-carrier variants for a few months already, while the development of the California model is ongoing. However, recent speculations suggest that the van’s launch could be held back due to apprehensions about its weight, which could potentially exceed the permissible limit for standard European driving licenses.
As reported by German source Edison, the ID.Buzz California might approach or surpass a weight of 7,700 lbs (3,500 kg), a threshold that closely aligns with the limit for a typical European category B motor vehicle license. This weight consideration bears significance, as surpassing it might necessitate the use of a C1 license, typically reserved for commercial vehicles, raising potential legal concerns for a significant proportion of European drivers. This reported weight-related challenge is prompting Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to explore strategies that could alleviate the weight-related concerns and ensure compliance.
Interestingly, the issue does not extend to the North American market. Driving licenses in the United States and Canada typically restrict vehicles to a weight limit of around 4,500 kg, making the concerns over the ID.Buzz California’s weight relevant only to the European context. Nonetheless, delays of European vehicles arising in Europe usually indicate expected delays for the North American market as well. We’ll have to keep an eye out for future developments.
Despite this potential delay, Volkswagen’s efforts to offer an electric camper van continue. The brand’s plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid camper for European customers are progressing, as highlighted by a report from Auto Express. While this model will not be based on the ID.Buzz, it will follow the success of the T6.1 California, based on the Multivan. For now, however, the eagerly awaited debut of a battery-electric VW camper remains uncertain. A Volkswagen Group of America representative refrained from commenting on the report when queried, leaving room for further developments on the timeline for the ID.Buzz California’s launch.