Not a few motorists were enthralled when Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz Concept at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. VW is putting the ID Buzz into production and make it available as early as 2022. Now, the German group, through Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, is now testing the waters for the possibility of offering a zero-emission transporter based on the ID Buzz.
The new ID Buzz Cargo is simply a progressive sibling for the ID Buzz. But instead of carrying people, the all-electric ID Buzz Cargo carries out the job as a commercial vehicle. VW unveiled and is currently displaying the ID Buzz Cargo concept at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany (September 20 to 27, 2018). Created as a supplementary model to the VW Transporter T6, the ID Buzz Cargo being presented in Hannover is already close to production, which may happen as early as 2021.
Just like the ID Buzz, the ID Buzz Cargo will be available in different battery sizes, according to the purpose and budget of the customer. Underpinned by the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), the ID Buzz Cargo can be installed with batteries that allow all-electric ranges of between 330 km and over 500 km (as per WLTP). Battery capacities are pegged at between 48 kWh and 111 kWh.
The ID Buzz Cargo comes powered by an electric motor with power electronics as well as a one-speed gearbox integrated into the driven rear axle. The lithium-ion battery and auxiliary units, meanwhile, are integrated in the front body. The ID Buzz Cargo concept display in Hannover features a 150 kW electric motor, allowing it to have an electronically limited top speed of 160 km/h.
Interestingly, the ID Buzz Cargo can be operated in “I.D. Pilot” mode, allowing the transported to be operated in full automation (Level 4).
In terms of size, the ID Buzz Cargo is positioned below the new VW e-Crafter, which boasts of an overall length of 5,986 mm and a max payload of 1.75 tons. The ID Buzz Cargo concept has a length of 5,048 mm, width of 1,976 mm and height of 1,963 mm, with a wheelbase of 3,300 mm. Its payload is less than half of the e-Crafter, at 800 kg.
The ID Buzz Cargo Concept is distinguished from the ID Buzz through features like a wide-opening rear wing doors, a new rear bumper and new solar roof that can help extend the range by up to 15 km a day. There is no sliding door on the driver’s side to optimize use of the cargo space with shelving systems. Just like its electric propulsion, the front doors and sliding door of the ID Buzz Cargo open electrically through a sensor solution. It rides on new 20-inch wheels shod with 235/55 tires.