Volkswagen honoured the brand’s rich history with the debut of the I.D. BUZZ Cargo, a panel van version of the I.D. BUZZ, at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The original Volkswagen Transporter has been the most recognisable light commercial vehicle of all time. With the auto show premiere of the I.D. BUZZ Cargo concept, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Transporter might change the world of LCVs.
Based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and a sibling to the I.D. BUZZ concept first shown in Detroit last year, the Cargo could be launched as a production vehicle in Europe as early as 2022.
As the newest member of the I.D. Family, a new generation of fully-connected electric vehicles, I.D. BUZZ Cargo offers long range driving capability, multiple packaging options and innovative features. Like all I.D. family models, a variety of battery packs can be fitted, according to vehicle usage.
Depending on the size of the battery pack, Cargo can achieve ranges between about 200 and 340 miles on the WLTP cycle. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has combined the battery in the Cargo with a 201-horsepower (150 kW) electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and rear-wheel drive. However, an all-wheel drive system, like the one implemented in the I.D. BUZZ, is possible in the future simply by adding a motor at the front of the vehicle.
The impressive list of innovative features of the Cargo include inductive charging, a solar roof that can extend the range of the vehicle by up to 9.3 miles a day, fully autonomous driving with “I.D. Pilot” model, a digital cargo system and a 230V socket to provide power for workers’ tools.