During our test of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz, many passers-by crossed in parking lots or at red lights to ask if a variant fitted out for camping, the “California” at VW, was planned. At the time, the answer was “yes, it is planned in the next few months”. But, without wishing to dampen your hopes, it would seem that this project has finally been postponed indefinitely…
According to our colleagues from the German media Edison, Volkswagen’s utility division seems to have put the long-awaited ID.Buzz California project on hold. The electric motorhome would in fact be too heavy to be used by customers with a simple B license. Indeed, the ID.Buzz already weighs more than 2.4 tonnes empty in its short version because of its electric motorization equipped with heavy batteries. The California version, it would be even heavier since it should be based on the extended wheelbase version ID.Buzz LWB, presented a few months ago.
Add to that the additional equipment specific to the California version (kitchenette, pop-up roof, cupboards, bedding and fitted bench seat, etc.), and you easily reach the 3 tonnes. Knowing that the limit of the PTAC (total authorized weight) to drive with a classic B license is 3.5 tonnes, you would therefore need a C1 truck license to fully use this electric motorhome.
The new California hybrid in the meantime
While waiting for this “zero emission” California variant, the most impatient can however turn to the current California 6.1 (from €64,900), or wait a few more months for the arrival of the new California based on the plug-in hybrid Multivan. This will be prefigured by a concept at the Düsseldorf caravan show at the end of August, before arriving in series by next summer.
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To sum up
Expected by fans of the model since its launch, the California “camping-car” variant of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz should take a little delay. In question, a weight too high to be driven with a simple B license.