Follow up to the Beetle, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Microbus is fully electric
The future has never looked so cool.
If you can believe the spin Volkswagen is getting set to bring back the Microbus.
The original people from the 1950s finds new form in the shape of the I.D. Buzz – VW’s all-electric, self-driving microbus of the future.
It heralds a new era of electric mobility, says Volkswagen’s chairman Dr Herbert Diess.
From 2020 onwards the company is preparing to roll out a whole I.D. family, a new generation of fully electric, fully connected cars.
The I.D Buzz will also be the first autonomous people mover.
At the push of a button the steering wheel recedes, switching instantly from manual to fully automated ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode – envisaged by 2025.
After this the driver can turn his seat around to face the rear of the car and join in the conversation with the rest of the eight passengers.
Laser scanners, ultrasound sensors, radar sensors, area-view cameras and a front camera constantly scan the surrounding area, with other traffic data received via the Cloud.
With two electric motors, one for each axle, the ID Buzz is no slouch either.
The zero emission all-wheel drive system has an output of 275kW propelling the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5 seconds and onto an electronically regulated top speed of 160km/h.
Gets our vote (for looks alone).