- I.D. BUZZ CARGO has the potential to write history as one of the most advanced light commercial vehicles
- Spacious electric transporter concept vehicle is based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)
- With the biggest available battery, the MEB has a range of more than 340 miles on the WLTP cycle
- Digital cargo system connects cockpit and cargo space and brings superfast “Internet of things” on board
- In “I.D. Pilot” mode the I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept vehicle drives at Level 4 full autonomy to its next destination
- 230V socket provides power for workers’ tools for hours with no additional generator
- A large solar roof extends the daily range of the I.D. BUZZ CARGO by up to 9.3 miles
Hannover (September 20, 2018) –Volkswagen at the IAA presented it electric transporter concept the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Transporter might change the world of LCVs. This innovative zero-emissions panel van could be launched as early as 2021 and would begin production in 2022. Meanwhile, the concept vehicle offers a glimpse into the middle of the next decade with its alternative, fully-automated “I.D. Pilot” driving mode (Level 4).
DESIGN AND FEAUTERS
The I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept is differentiated from the I.D. BUZZ by a new solar roof, wide-opening rear wing doors and a new rear bumper. With a view towards optimizing cargo space via a shelving system, there is no sliding door on the driver’s side. The front doors and sliding door open electrically. Unlocking the vehicle from the outside is activated via a sensor. The I.D. BUZZ CARGO recognizes authorized persons via a digital key which is sent to the van from a smartphone. Instead of the 22-inch wheels of the Detroit concept vehicle, new 20-inch wheels are used with 235/55 tires.
The photovoltaic system on the roof generates so much energy that it is able to extend the range of the I.D. BUZZ CARGO by up to 9.3 miles a day. So the longer the vehicle stands in the sun, the further it can drive later.
The driver activates the Level 4 autonomous mode by simply pushing on the steering wheel for a few seconds. It then retracts into the redesigned instrument panel. Thereafter the driver’s seat can be turned 15 degrees to the right in order to enable the on-board computer to be operated from the ideal ergonomic position.
Key information is projected onto the road in 3D via an Augmented Reality (AR) head-up display. This positions the information precisely in the driver’s line-of-sight, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on road traffic. Other information is displayed on a tablet, which also controls features such as infotainment and climate control functions. The main controls for driving, meanwhile, are located on the steering wheel. Rear view mirrors are also a thing of the past in the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, with cameras projecting images onto small screens in the cab.
This concept vehicle shows how Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is launching into the new era of electric mobility. The payload (maximum load) of the concept vehicle is 1,760 pounds. The I.D. BUZZ CARGO is 198.7 in long, 77.8 in wide and 77.3 in tall, with a wheelbase of 129.9 inches.
BATTERY AND RANGE
The I.D. BUZZ CARGO consists of a lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 48 kWh (recommended). If greater range is needed, the energy capacity can be increased up to 111 kWh, which like all models in the I.D. Family is based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). With the MEB it is possible—dependent on battery size and the model concerned—to achieve ranges between about 200 and 340 miles, as defined by the WLTP cycle.
The high-voltage 48 kWh battery in the I.D. BUZZ CARGO can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes with a fast charging system operating at 150 kW direct current; the 111 kWh unit takes 30 minutes. As an alternative, the high-voltage battery can be charged from any conventional household socket, charging stations with a wide variety of power outputs or wallboxes. Although the vehicle can be charged at 2.3 kW via a normal 230V European main supply, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers wallboxes that operate at much higher power levels up to 11 kW. They are especially advisable for charging batteries to 100 percent
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has combined the battery in the I.D. BUZZ CARGO with a 201-horsepower (150 kW) electric motor. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 99 mph. An all-wheel drive system like the one implemented in its sibling is just as conceivable.