Production of the new electric version of the legendary T1 Bulli should actually already be in full swing. The car was due to be launched on the market in the fall of 2022, but that might not happen. The reason is persistent VD ID.Buzz problems. The battery cells in particular are said to be struggling with quality problems, which is why production had to be halted.
VD ID.Buzz problems: Fault in the battery cells
Due to battery problems, production of the VD ID.Buzz has come to a halt at the company’s plant in Hanover, Germany. This was reported by the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. Internal tests had revealed glaring defects in batteries, it said.
According to information from electrive.net, a battery special from a new supplier is primarily to blame for the production stop, which is why only the VW plant in Hanover is affected. Some cell modules are said not to be able to deliver the desired performance.
As a result, there are voltage drops in the VD ID.Buzz battery, from which the maximum range suffers. Negative consequences for the longevity of the battery cells are also not ruled out, according to reports.
No other VW vehicles affected
Furthermore, VW has already confirmed that they have found defects in quality controls of the supplier, but they do not go into more detail. Production of the electric bus did not start until the beginning of June 2022, and around 500 units are said to have been manufactured so far.
However, delivery to end customers has not yet taken place and the supplier has already identified the problem and is now working on a solution. Only the VD ID.Buzz is affected, however; other MEB models in the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 series with a 77 kWh battery are not experiencing any problems, a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles spokesperson confirmed to electrive.net.
The most powerful electric bus, the VD ID.Buzz Pro, uses a battery with a gross capacity of 82 kilowatt hours (net: 77 kWh). Ultimately, the powerful ID.Buzz is said to have an impressive 310 Nm of torque and realize 150 kW via rear-wheel drive. This should enable a range of up to 421 km. The top speed is 145 km/h.
For the VW ID.Buzz Cargo, the range is even 424 km, with the same battery capacity. All models are scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2022. However, the models are not a bargain. VW will launch its long-awaited ID.Buzz at a starting price of around 65,000 euros (taking into account the environmental bonus). The Cargo variant will start slightly cheaper from around 54,500 euros.
Sales of both models had started on May 20, 2022. In Hanover alone, just under 15,000 units were supposed to roll off the production line this year. Whether this target number can be met cannot be said due to the new VD ID.Buzz problems.