Volkswagen is bringing its iconic bus into the future. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the company has announced the electric I.D. Buzz concept vehicle that it calls “a microbus for a new era.”
The I.D. Buzz has a range of up to 270 miles on a full charge and comes equipped with an all-wheel drive system that has a total output of 369 horsepower. The EV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds and can be charged to 80 percent within a half an hour when using the Combined Charging System (CCS) or an inductive charging interface, with a charging rate of 150 kW.
Volkswagen’s latest concept vehicle can seat eight people comfortably and offers two luggage compartments. It has self–driving capabilities and when you switch from manual control to the fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode, the steering wheel retracts into the instrument panel. The front seats can then be turned around 180 degrees so that the driver, as well as the other passenger sitting in front, can interact with the people in the back more easily.
The vehicle also comes with a bunch of other interesting and futuristic features. It has a flexible center console with a tablet and Beats Bluetooth speakers, which can be detached and used outside the car. Thanks to Volkswagen’s User-ID, the I.D. Buzz also know who is sitting behind the wheel and is, therefore, capable of configuring some of the settings such as lighting, temperature, radio stations and songs, seat position, and others automatically.
Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz is a concept vehicle which means that you won’t see it driving around your neighborhood anytime soon. Nevertheless, it does give us a glimpse into the future of the EV world, which looks very bright.111