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VW just announced that the 2025 ID. Buzz, its electric “reincarnation” of the Microbus, will be offered in three trims in the US: Pro S, Pro S Plus, and a launch-only 1st Edition.

The US 2025 VW ID. Buzz

The 2025 US ID. Buzz’s range and pricing will be divulged closer to launch, but in the meantime, VW tells us all three trims will only be offered with a 91 kWh battery. RWD models will have 282 horsepower, and 4Motion AWD models will have maximum horsepower of 335. VW hasn’t yet said whether the ID. Buzz will come with a charger, and performance details haven’t been shared.

The US ID. Buzz features three rows, unlike the European version, which has two rows and a shorter wheelbase.

Volkswagen has yet to announce the price of each trim. Since the US version of the ID. Buzz won’t be built in the US, it won’t qualify for the $7,500 IRA tax credit. However, the German automaker states on its website that it anticipates “that Volkswagen Credit will offer an EV Lease Bonus based on the federal tax credits available at the time of lease.”

Pro S models will be available in RWD only, with a bench seat to accommodate up to seven passengers. Pro S Plus and 1st Edition models offer RWD and AWD configurations.

On Pro S Plus RWD models, bench seating is standard, with an available captain’s chair package with seating for six. RWD 1st Edition models only offer a rear bench. Captain’s chairs come standard on Pro S Plus and 1st Edition 4Motion AWD models.

Pro S Plus: The Pro S Plus features a head-up display that projects key information in front of the driver, and Area View cameras provide a view of what’s around the vehicle. It’s got a 700-watt harman/kardon sound system with nine speakers.

Want to tow things? It’s got a manually retractable tow hitch – VW says tow ratings and full specs will be announced closer to launch.

An electrochromic panoramic glass roof, which can change from transparent to opaque with the swipe of a finger, is also on offer. There’s an available Flexboard with two fabric storage bins, which creates a flat floor when the seats are folded.

Launch-only 1st Edition: Available only with two-tone exterior, the 1st edition, which is based on the Pro S trim, comes with unique 20-inch wheels, roof rail cross bars, and 1st Edition exterior badging. All 1st Edition models come with coastal-inspired interior (it’s called Dune, more details below), heritage-inspired floor mats, and gifts for the proud new owner. The electrochromic panoramic glass roof, Area View cameras, and Flexboard are included.

Exterior and interior features

The US 2025 ID. Buzz’s exterior features a retro-inspired oversized VW logo, short overhangs, and an expansive greenhouse. All models come equipped with 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Dual power-sliding rear doors with available Easy Open and Close make it easy to climb into the third row, and the classic sliding windows are also now fully powered. There’s also keyless access and a power tailgate.

The colors are FUN – depending on trim level, two-tone options pair a Candy White top with Energetic Orange, Pomelo Yellow, Blue Charcoal, Mahi Green, Metro Silver, Cabana Blue, or Indium Grey beneath. There are also three single-tone options: Metro Silver, Candy White, and Deep Black Pearl.  

VW is offering a choice of three unique interior colors for all three ID. Buzz trims:

  • Moonlight includes dark brown leatherette seats with white piping, blue door inserts, and a dark wood-look dash, paired with black headliner.
  • Dune pairs light gray leatherette seats with clay-colored piping, clay door inserts, and a light wood-look dash.
  • Copper gives mid-century modern vibes with rich brown leatherette seats with yellow piping, brown door inserts, and a washed wood-look dash.

Tech specs that come standard for all ID. Buzz trims include a 12.9-inch infotainment display, a 5.3-inch ID. Cockpit digital instrument cluster, 30-color ambient lighting, ID. Light driver support system, wireless phone charging, and wireless App-Connect.

Volkswagen’s IQ.DRIVE advanced driver assistance technology is also standard and features hands-on semi-automated capability, including driver-initiated lane changes where the vehicle can complete a lane change maneuver with Travel Assist activated. All ID. Buzz models feature Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking.

The 2025 VW ID. Buzz will launch in the US in 2024. There won’t be a reservation system, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for when they arrive at your local dealer.

We’ll update with more details when Volkswagen releases them.

Read more: VW is ready to bring autonomous driving to large-scale production


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The Invanti Tornado is the Swiss Army knife of e-bikes [Video]

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Want your electric bike to have utility as well as comfort and style? Then, the Invanti Tornado, with its impressive array of optional accessories, could be your ideal ride.

Invanti is developing multi-functional e-bikes to reinvent the e-bike industry. It will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on May 22 for its first product, the versatile Tornado e-bike series. Early backers can purchase the Tornado for a super early bird price of $1,299, significant savings vs. gas bikes.

Invanti makes it easy to protect your e-bike from theft with its “invantimobility” app. The smart version Tornado Pro has a smart front hub lock feature that, once activated, can only be unlocked using the app.

This zippy and efficient utility e-bike has a 750W rear hub motor, 1,000 peak power, and a 48V 14.7Ah battery with Samsung cells that give a top speed of up to 25 mph. The Shimano 7-speed transmission, 80 mm travel suspension, 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and torque sensor means riding is smooth. It also sports a pair of 20-by-3-inch puncture-resistant tires.

The Tornado provides a range of 60 miles on pedal assist and 25 miles on throttle only. You can additionally install an extra 48V, 10.4Ah battery that you take with you, giving a cumulative total of 100 miles on pedal assist and 43.5 miles on throttle only. Plus, you can use the extra battery as a portable powerbank for your phone.

What makes the Invanti Tornado stand out is the cool accessories it comes with. Your e-bike arrives with a front rack, a rear cargo rack, a rear fork storage bag with lockout, and rear wheel mudguards. It also features front and rear lights with integrated turn signals.

Plus, it offers a choice of nine upgrade accessories, which give this bike an almost modular feel. This means you can make your e-bike bespoke:

If you want to cart around passengers, you can make it happen with the Invanti Tornado’s optional rear seat pad and passenger foot rest, and there’s also a child safety handrail. Its dual-tube aluminum alloy frame can handle payloads of up to 440 pounds.

Invanti’s super early bird price on the Tornado is $1,299, and the official crowdfunding price is $1,499.

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This startup is about to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on box buildings

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This startup is about to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on box buildings

Aeromine Technologies just closed a $9 million funding round, and it’s ready to scale up production of its bladeless rooftop wind turbines.

Energy research, investing, and strategy firm Veriten is the lead investor in Aeromine Technologies’ Series A funding round.

Aeromine, launched in 2022, makes compact 50 kW or larger “wind harvesting platforms” that it mounts on the edge of a building’s roof. The rooftop wind units, which have no external moving parts or blades, capture wind flowing up and over the building and convert it into onsite electricity. Its generator system is a rotor-stator system with a highly efficient 5 kW permanent magnet generator. (Specs are here.)

The noiseless technology leverages aerodynamics like airfoils on a race car to capture and amplify each building’s airflow to generate energy. Aeromine says its systems typically consist of 20-40 units installed on the edge of a building facing the predominant wind direction.

Each 1,000-pound unit can withstand winds of between 120 and 158 mph depending on specification.

Aeromine’s units can operate independently or be integrated with existing rooftop solar arrays. Onsite power generation eliminates grid supply disruptions.

Maynard Holt, founder & CEO of Veriten, said:

We believe that distributed power innovation will play a vital role in helping companies fulfill their need for reliable, reasonably priced electricity and desire for low-impact power. We’re excited to partner with Aeromine, as its ability to quickly and affordably help a wide variety of companies meet their energy needs with wind resources is unique among distributed energy solutions.

The bladeless wind turbines are designed to power apartment buildings, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, offices, hospitals, retail centers – basically any big box building with a flat, unobstructed roof.

The company says it has 400 qualified projects in its pipeline and expects to roll out commercially in Europe and North America in 2025. 

Read more: How renewables could beat natural gas in US generating capacity within 3 years – in numbers


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With changes expected to Ford’s electric vehicle certification program, all Ford dealers will likely be able to sell EVs. Ford is reportedly preparing to open the program amid feedback from its dealers.

Ford poised to open dealers network to sell EVs

After asking dealers to pause EV investments this week, Ford is finalizing changes to the program. Ford already eased requirements last year due to “changes in the market.”

Ford spokesperson Marty Gunsberg confirmed that several dealers opted out of the program this past December. Gunsberg said, “Enrollments for 2024 are just over 50% of the network.” That’s down from about two-thirds confirmed by CEO Jim Farley a year prior.

According to Automotive News, after a series of meetings between dealers and executives, Ford is now preparing to allow all dealers to sell EVs.

Ford is expected to update the financial requirements needed to qualify. Previously, dealers were required to invest at least $500,000 to enroll in the program. For $1.2 million, dealers could be eligible for the “Elite” tier, which included additional chargers, demo units, and a presence on Ford.com.

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Ford Mustang Mach E at a Tesla Supercharger (Source: Ford)

If dealers didn’t want to invest, they couldn’t sell Ford EVs. Ford’s vice president of EV programs, Lisa Drake, said the company no longer believes having select dealers sell EVs is the right plan.

More dealers want in but with less financial commitment

“What we’re finding is more dealers want to be involved in it and we don’t want to be exclusive to just a handful,” Drake said. “And so we’re making a change where we’re opening up that and not requiring as many certifications or investments for a dealer to participate in the EV revolution.”

Meanwhile, the changes will not be finalized until early June, when Ford meets with its dealer council.

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2024 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup (Source: Ford)

It’s unclear how much Ford will reduce financial requirements to sell EVs, but many believe it will be drastically relaxed to promote participation.

Drake said Ford will be “more ubiquitous with our training and make sure essentially all of our dealers are equipped to sell them” going forward. Ford will need to figure out how to deal with those who have already made investments at the upcoming dealer council meeting.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Bronze edition (Source: Ford)

Ford slashed prices on its popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in recent months to boost sales.

After cutting Mach-E prices by up to $8,100 earlier this year, Ford introduced a new 0% APR offer on 2024 models this week.

2024 Mustang Mach-E trim Range Starting Price
Mustang Mach-E Select 250 mi $39,995
Mustang Mach-E Premium 320 mi $43,995
Mustang Mach-E GT 280 mi $53,995
Mustang Mach-E Rally 265 mi $59,995
2024 Mustang Mach-E price and range by trim

Ford also introduced new discounts on the 2023 F-150 Lightning this week, offering up to $15,000 off MSRP. F-150 Lightning lease prices were cut by over $400 a month.

If you’re in the market for a new EV, now’s the time to start shopping. You can use our links below to find deals on Ford’s electric vehicles at a dealer near you.

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