Volkswagen is getting closer to the launch of its ID.Buzz, an electric van that takes a lot of inspiration from the iconic T1 and T2 vans of the 60s and 70s. With its design, the Volkswagen ID Buzz refers directly to the Volkswagen retro vans of yesteryear.
The concept version of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz was part of a series of prototypes that VW showed to underline the versatility of its electric MEB platform, which already includes the ID.3, ID.4 and also the Audi Q4 E-Tron are built on. The production variant of the ID.Buzz would therefore be one of the largest models on the platform, almost 5 meters long, which also leaves more room for a larger battery pack. Volkswagen and Argo AI are currently developing the autonomous ID.Buzz on a nine-hectare site near Munich Airport. The terrain is designed to simulate a range of traffic situations specific to European driving conditions.
Interior Design Of Volkswagen ID.Buzz
The ID.Buzz offers space for eight spacious chairs, which can be arranged in various configurations. Its extremely long wheelbase of 3.30 meters makes it not only very spacious, but also very comfortable. The battery of the ID.Buzz is concealed in the floor between the front and rear axles. This construction ensures a low center of gravity and perfect weight distribution. Partly due to its compact design, the ID.Buzz can also function well in the city. By sliding the seats forwards or backwards or even by turning the entire seat.
For the ID. To keep Buzz as flexible as possible, extra attention has been paid to the space-saving layout. The luggage compartment offers enough space for your big plans. The ID.Buzz is remarkably easy to drive, as everything is intuitively tailored to the driver. There are no physical controls present in the cockpit. A simple touch on the touchpad is enough to use the functions of the ID.Buzz and embark on your next adventure.
Exterior Design Of Volkswagen ID.Buzz
With its design, the Volkswagen ID.Buzz refers directly to the Volkswagen retro vans of yesteryear. Much more than the current Transporter still does. In addition to the design, its body in a double color scheme is also a clear reference. Although the looks are inspired by the past, all the technology on board is ready for the future. Volkswagen is working with NVIDIA on technology and sensors that should enable intelligent Co-Pilot functions.
Much use is made of artificial intelligence for this. The ID.Buzz must therefore already be prepared to be able to drive largely autonomously. The ID.Buzz shares the same upright windscreen and rounded panels. The autonomous driving version will have a few bulges in the roof for the various sensors and cameras. The wheels are close to the corners. That makes for a flexible eight-seat cabin, with multi-adjustable rear seats and a driver’s seat that can rotate 180 degrees.
Engine And Battery Of Volkswagen ID.Buzz
Thanks to the 2 electric motors, the ID. Buzz Cargo no less than 374 hp. This allows it to reach a speed of 100 km / hr in 5 seconds. The range is 400 kilometers. Ideal for parcel deliverers, for example. In addition, electric driving is also environmentally friendly. More and more polluting vans are being banned from the city. The 100% electric microbus will be a good solution for this. Like the rest of Volkswagen’s current electric vehicles, the ID.
Buzz is also based on the MEB platform. The chassis is extended to the proportions of a van, with a 3.3 meter long wheelbase and short overhangs. The base model has one engine, rear-wheel drive and a power of 201 hp. The top model gets four-wheel drive and therefore also two electric motors, which together deliver 295 hp. With a charging capacity of 150 kW, it only takes half an hour to charge the battery to eighty percent.
Features And Specs Of Volkswagen ID.Buzz
Just like the other ID. concept cars, the ID.Buzz is capable of fully autonomous driving. When conditions permit, the steering wheel automatically moves into the dashboard and switches to fully autonomous ID. Pilot mode. The driver’s seat can then be turned so that the driver can talk to the other passengers in a relaxed manner. The ID.Buzz independently monitors its environment with laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors. He receives other traffic information from the cloud. The ID. Buzz no longer has a conventional cockpit.
All important information is shown to the driver via a head-up display as augmented reality and in 3D. The infotainment system and air conditioning can be controlled via a removable tablet. The controls that are important for driving are located on the steering wheel. The heart of the steering wheel is a touchscreen with which a large number of functions can be operated.
Price Of Volkswagen ID.Buzz
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz will enter production in 2022 at VW’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, USA, where the North American and Chinese Passats are currently rolling off the production line, along with the Volkswagen Atlas SUV. The prices remain unveiled until now. Volkswagen is currently testing prototypes that can handle Level 4 autonomous driving, where the driver is not expected to keep their attention on the road in certain situations. The objective is to be ready to hit the market by 2025.
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