Jose Altoveros / Volkswagen | September 24, 2018 14:43
The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz suits up for commercial use
It was only last year when Volkswagen introduced the I.D. Buzz Concept, a modern day interpretion of their highly popular Kombi. The 8-seater van featured almost similar styling as the classic VW bus, but packs an all-electric heart. Now, the German automaker has revealed a cargo version of the concept bus intended for commercial use.
Officially called the I.D. Buzz Cargo, the electric van concept now takes on the roll of a commercial vehicle. That said, it still retains the Kombi's classic styling all throughout. The main difference between the Buzz and Buzz Cargo can be seen in the rear section. The Buzz Cargo only has one sliding door located on the passenger side. It also lacks windows in the van's rear section, similar to how panel vans. At the rear, there are two large wing doors instead of one large hatch, allowing easier access to the cargo hold. The sunroof has also been ditched in favor of a new solar roof that help boost the Buzz Cargo's range by 15 km per day.
Despite it being intended for cargo hauls, the Buzz Cargo can also act as a mobile workspace. Opposite the sliding door, there are new shelves to help optimize cargo space. The cargo area is also fitted with sensors and a lighting system, allowing the driver to track all items loaded on board. Open the two large wing doors and a workbench can be folded out. Work tools can then be powered by the electric sockets fitted in the vehicle. When using autonomous driving mode, the driver can then process orders and/or take care of other matters via the on-board computer.
Beneath the I.D. Buzz Cargo Concept, it continues to use Volkswagen's new modular electric platform which is also used in other I.D. models. This particular concept uses a 201 horsepower electric motor paired to a 48kWh battery. It can be charged to 80-percent in just a mere 15 minutes using the fast charging system.
While the I.D. Buzz is set for 2022 release, Volkswagen says the Buzz Cargo could launch as early as 2021. Meanwhile, the first I.D. model is set to debut in 2019.