Your future delivery service vehicle is set to become much more hi-tech, as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recently revealed the I.D. Buzz Cargo, a concept version of the original Bulli, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the US.
Volkswagen says that the reveal has showed how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Transporter might change the world of LCVs.
Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo specs:
- From 48 kWh to 111 kWh battery for ranges up to over 550 km/342 miles (WLTP)
- Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)
- 150 kW electric motor (rear-wheel drive) with option for AWD
- Top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph)
- 800 kg (1,764 lbs) of payload
- 230 V, 16 A electric socket for tools
- Solar roof for up to 15 km of additional range a day
- 150 kW DC fast charging (80 per cent in about half hour in case of 111 kWh battery, and about 15 minutes in 48 kWh battery)
- 11 kW on-board charger for overnight charging and 11 kW wireless charging system
At the presentation in Los Angeles, Dr Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Brand Board of Management said: “With the I.D. Buzz Cargo we are ultimately launching Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles into the new age of electric mobility and autonomous driving. This car has great potential for global success as a zero-emission transporter. This design icon is also giving electric mobility an unmistakable face.”
According to the company, the I.D. Buzz Cargo concept is the first van to be based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that Volkswagen has created for its cars.
It means that the I.D. Buzz Cargo can be fitted with different size batteries. VW says this will range from over 200 miles to more than 350 miles driving range.
Along with the Buzz Cargo van, there is a Cargo e Bike – an innovative, electric cargo three-wheeler for the city which could revolutionize last minute delivery.
Your transition to electric may have to wait until about 2022, when the I.D. Buzz Cargo is expected to launch. The VW Cargo e Bike will hit the market as soon as 2019.