VW Reportedly Delayed ID. Buzz California Camper Van Over Excessive Weight Concerns

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Electric vehicles are heavy, there’s no way around it, but the debate over the consequences of that heft is far from over. Some believe EVs will destroy our roads, and most safety experts agree that being hit by an EV can yield deadly results. Volkswagen, busy gearing up to release its long-awaited ID. Buzz retro electric van in the United States, is having cold feet over the weight of the Euro version of the vehicle, which can far exceed three tons with people and gear. The automaker is reportedly delaying the van over concerns that its laden weight could exceed the standard European driver’s license limits, requiring potential owners to get a commercial license.

Electrek found a report from Edison Media on the topic. The European ID. Buzz California, equipped with standard camper van gear like a small kitchen, weighs in at around 3,000 kg, or a little more than 6,600 pounds. That’s already dangerously close to the weight limit for a European B driver’s license, which maxes out at 3,500 kg. Add a few people and some luggage, and it’s easy to see how the Buzz could cause problems.

For now, VW will release a plug-in hybrid version of the van instead of the full battery-electric. That said, the weight challenges in Europe are unlikely to be an issue here. Specifics vary by state in the U.S., but in general, a standard license (Class D in many places) allows the driver to drive a vehicle up to 26,000 pounds, which obviously far exceeds the ID. Buzz’s weight. 

[Image: VW]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Spamvw Spamvw on Aug 11, 2023

    I was just on the phone an hour ago with the city about the parking regulations in our town, seems that you can't have a vehicle over 6,000 pounds parked on residential property unless doing some work on said property.

    My camper van is under 5000 lb, but my personal use F350 diesel weighs in it over 6,000 lb and is plated for 10,000 lb. I reminded the city, that as we get more electric vehicles they may want to look at rewriting those ordinances. They said they were in discussions about it

    All my vehicles live inside, so I'm not really worried about it, But I want to obey the law.

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    • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys on Aug 12, 2023

      you dont have construction or work equipment, your pavement princess is just fine in the driveway

  • Gray Gray on Aug 11, 2023

    I think it's pretty funny people used to make fun of Americans for driving 4000 pound Impalas.

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    • Art_Vandelay Art_Vandelay on Aug 11, 2023

      That's Dodge Challenger territory

  • Mike978 Mike978 on Aug 11, 2023

    At least America doesn’t get in its own way as much as Europe with stupid regulations.

  • Tassos Tassos on Aug 13, 2023

    Quote of the day:

    Who said

    "T E S L A is the A P P L E of EVs.

    Everybody else is Android"


    • Art_Vandelay Art_Vandelay on Aug 13, 2023

      tesla has been in trouble for being “creative “ with their battery endurance so maybe the iPhone 6 of EVs?