German auto major Volkswagen has confirmed that the ID Buzz concept will enter production and will go on sale in 2022. The automaker will also produce a cargo version of the van.
The electric van, named as ID Buzz was first showcased at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January. Volkswagen Brand Chief, Herbert Diess, speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, has confirmed that the ID Buzz will hit the production line.
Diess said, "After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, 'please build this car'." Volkswagen will launch the production version of the ID Buzz in Europe, China and the US.
The design of the ID Buzz is inspired from the Type 2 van launched back in 1949. The electric van will also feature Level 3 autonomous driving technology, which means the vehicle can drive by itself under the supervision of the driver.
The ID Buzz draws power from two 150kW electric motors producing a combined power output of 369bhp. The electric van is also all-wheel-drive with each motor placed at the front and rear axle. The van can sprint from 0-100km/h in less than five seconds before topping out at 159km/h.
The electric van features a charging capacity of 111kWh with a driving range of 435km. The batteries will be fitted into the floor for maximum interior space. Volkswagen claims that the architecture of the ID Buzz will allow it to be equipped with a rear-wheel-drive electric powertrain.
The interior of the ID Buzz features rail-based seating, and the third-row seat doubles up as a bed. The concept iteration of the van is equipped with a touch-sensitive steering wheel with heads-up display and centre console tablet.
The ID Buzz will be fitted with Volkswagen's ID Pilot autonomous driving system. The concept model is equipped with a steering wheel which retracts and disengages from the steering system when the van is switched to fully autonomous mode.
The ID Buzz concept features external rear facing cameras instead of traditional ORVMs. The images are displayed on an e-Mirror screen fitted on the location of the conventional rear-view mirror.
The Volkswagen ID Buzz concept is the modern iteration of the classic Type 2 van. But it is unclear that how much of the modern technology will make it to the production version of the van. The automaker also plans to produce 30 electric vehicles by 2025 with the first model to be the ID compact car.