VW I.D. Buzz Cargo IAA 2018: design, technology, information, seat sample

Jochen Knecht
VW ID Buzz Cargo (2021)
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B ei VW all characters are on ID, the future nomenclature for electric cars and vans. Based on the new modular electrical construction kit (MEB), numerous models are to be created that share a specific basic platform. The central element is the floor pan with the integrated traction batteries (from which the electric motor feeds), which should bring a low center of gravity with as little space as possible.

Futuristic cockpit with retractable 'steering wheel' for autonomous operation

VW has already presented numerous studies under the ID label, including a Beetle and a Phaeton successor and of course the inevitable SUV. After the compact car I.D. (coming in 2019) this is currently I.D. Crozz christened SUV the second model of the electric sub-brand in the year after next. After that, things should go quickly, by 2025 VW wants to have a total of 30 different electric cars on offer. A large van as the legacy of the legendary Bulli and an alternative to the conventional VW bus is also set, the corresponding study I.D. We were also able to drive Buzz.

Range between 450 and 600 kilometers

On this same study I.D. Buzz is also based on the Cargo presented for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. As with the regular T6 today, the electric I.D. Give Buzz an elegant car version and a robust craftsman version. Correspondingly, the study already taken from the I.D. Buzz knownTechnology to be expected: 150 kW electric machine with the option of a second and thus possible all-wheel drive, plus two selectable battery sizes of 83 and 111 kWh, which should be good for ranges between 450 and 600 kilometers.

For the series-ready product the year 2022 is targeted, which also puts the futuristic cockpit into perspective. Instead of a steering wheel, there is an almost oval control element that is inserted flush into the dashboard for autonomous driving. Apart from a few membrane keys in the 'steering wheel' (e.g. for transmission control) and a few switches for the air conditioning, the rest of the cockpit of the study is practically switch-free. All functions are operated on an upright tablet, which also serves as a display for the navigation function, for example. Instead of classic instruments, the study relies exclusively on head-up display technology.

Sitzprobe in the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo

Jochen Knecht
The new objectivity in the buzz cockpit does that Vehicle good. Use value instead of showmanship. Not a bad thing.

Welcome to the future of the craftsmen: If the civilian ID versions were sometimes conspicuously futuristic or playful, the BUZZ sets it up CARGO in Hanover is focused on commercial vehicle charm. Instead of glossy surfaces and high-tech materials, there is hard plastic, washable surfaces and, if necessary, a third seat. Its backrest becomes the command center of the I.D. when not in use. Buzz Cargo and also offers space for the central touchscreen with which all vehicle systems can be controlled. Even the easy-to-use steering wheel (the I.D. should also be able to drive autonomously) doesn't seem quite as glamorous as we think of the other I.D. know. With a classic steering wheel on board, the cockpit is quite suitable for series production in one fell swoop. This new objectivity is good for the study. In fact, all of this gives the impression that Volkswagen is not only taking commercial vehicles seriously, but also all of electric mobility. What remains, however, is a huge scheduling problem: it will be four more yearsat least until we see the production version of the Buzz Cargo on the road. That is and remains much too late.

The I.D. Like its electric siblings in the I.D. series, Cargo Buzz is not intended to replace, but complement. It therefore comes as an additional transporter in addition to the regular T6 series.


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