Addressing the fact that the ID Buzz will not be offered to U.S. buyers until 2024, he said the company wants to start there immediately with the long-wheelbase version, which will not be available until the end of 2023.
“Then there are still U.S.-specific features that have to be developed,” he added. “We also want to secure the market launch in Europe and enter the market with really relevant unit numbers. Then we will be prepared to produce the U.S. version in Hanover as well.”
Krause said while Europe is considered the core market for the ID Buzz in terms of volume, he predicted ID Buzz sales in the U.S. could reach similar levels.
“Our strategy is to offer the ID Buzz in all markets where our MEB vehicles are also offered by VW passenger cars,” Krause said.
“This is in line with the idea of the ID family. And on top of that, we can imagine additional markets in which we would then approach the market entry as the Group's spearhead.”
Krause said he could also imagine an autonomous version of the ID Buzz, called the ID Buzz AD, for the Chinese market, and added the company is also working on mobility and transport concepts for the Chinese market.
In 2025, a fleet of robotic shuttles is due to go into operation through Moia, the VW owned ride-sharing service, starting in Hamburg, and then expanding to other European and American cities.
Krause said he could imagine additional fleet operators through deals with mobility partners, not only in passenger transport, but also in the transport of goods with driverless delivery vehicles.