The electrifying era of camping has arrived as Love Campers, a custom van specialist, collaborates with Wild Drives, an eco-rental outfitter, to unveil the vibrant and sustainable VW ID. Buzz electric camper bus. The brightly-colored camper bus, called the Buzz, flaunts a dual-tone exterior and an intelligently designed interior that maximizes space and utility.
The Buzz, coated in a visually striking “lime yellow” and bright white paint job, captures attention from afar, resembling the aesthetic of the original ID. Buzz concept. The vibrant color scheme extends to the interior, with matching furniture that maintains the striking look. The interior ambiance, while appealing from a distance, may become overwhelming as one tries to rest, but it certainly makes a statement.
The real brilliance of Buzz lies in its space-optimized features, hidden from the casual observer. At the base of the sofa, behind a drop-down door panel, resides a compact electric cool box. The sofa itself conceals an extendable frame that pulls out to transform into a cozy double bed. This innovative design replaces the traditional “rock n roll” slide-and-fold bench beds seen in conventional Volkswagen Transporter campers, providing a side-facing sofa for daytime relaxation.
The camper is designed to sleep two people, thereby the absence of rear drive seating is not a concern. The kitchen area includes a sink with a foldaway faucet and an induction burner, both embedded in the countertop. A leisure battery system and roof-mounted solar panel power the entire set of equipment within the camper, eliminating the need for propane or other fossil fuels, except for those possibly used in generating the electricity for charging the van.
Echoing the sustainable essence of an electric vehicle, Buzz incorporates bamboo surfaces and trims, FSC-certified wood structures, and natural insulation made from sheep’s wool or hemp. For those who value sustainable living, Wild Drives even provides bamboo-fabric bedding, making the camper a haven for eco-friendly travelers.
Despite the smart space optimization, fitting a full-fledged bathroom within Buzz is a formidable challenge. Wild Drives’ rental package offers a portable toilet and an outdoor privacy tent, which, while not ideal, is certainly better than no facilities at all. The anticipated launch of a long-wheelbase ID. Buzz this summer may encourage creative solutions for incorporating a compact wet bath, but space will still be at a premium.
As for its driving range, Wild Drives estimates a conservative 200 miles (322 km) per charge, noticeably below Volkswagen’s advertised WLTP range of up to 264 miles (425 km). This discrepancy can be attributed to the weight of the camper equipment, which inevitably impacts the range. However, the actual range will vary depending on driving style, route, weather, and other conditions.
When the battery runs low, the Buzz promises a quick recharge time of approximately 30 minutes to go from 5 to 80 percent, roughly the time needed to enjoy a quick lunch.
Wild Drives, located in Brighton and Hove, is marketing its camper van as the first ID. Buzz camper van rental available in the UK. The rental price starts at £150 (approx. US$190) per night. Love Campers, situated not far from Wild Drives in East Sussex, has experience converting a variety of electric van models, including the Nissan e-NV200 and Citroën e-Dispatch. It offers custom ID. Buzz camper conversion packages starting at £17,000 ($21,280).
Check out the video below to see the VW ID. Buzz Campervan Conversion.