It's more than just a delivery van, but also a mobile workstation.
Starting next year, Volkswagen will begin selling its lineup of I.D. branded all-electric vehicles. Aside from conventional passenger cars, the German automaker is clearly going all-out in its EV assault as evidenced by the I.D. Buzz Cargo Concept. Making its debut appearance here at the 2018 LA Auto Show, this fully electrified delivery panel van could arrive in Europe as early as 2022, and a North American debut not long after. It’s based on the same MEB modular platform that will underpin fellow I.D. vehicles, the Buzz Cargo has a 200 to 340-mile range, though this depends on the size of the floor-mounted lithium-ion battery pack.
The top-end 111 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, according to VW, can be charged to an 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes when connected to a quick-charging unit. A 150 kWh electric motor provides a total of 201 hp while a single-speed transmission drives the rear wheels. Top speed is electronically limited to only 99 mph but, really, how fast does a delivery van really need to go? And besides, this concept also includes full self-driving capabilities.
Inside is an interesting display of organization thanks to a clever shelving system. To maximize interior cargo space, the vehicle’s axles have been shifted outwards for an additional 7 cubic feet of space. Although there’s the typical driver’s seat, which can be turned rightward 15 degrees, other occupants will sit on a double bench-seat on the front passenger side. The middle seat can also be folded flat to create a workplace.
In place of regular dashboard controls, everything has been re-located to the steering wheel or projected in 3D on a heads-up display. Typical side view mirrors have been swapped for cameras. Compared to 2017’s I.D. Buzz concept, the Buzz Cargo has panels in place of glass windows, shorter front overhangs, and a rear overhang stretched by four inches. With its 20-inch wheels and cool LED headlights, solar roof, and single sliding door that opens electronically, the Buzz Cargo concept is an intriguing glimpse into the not too distant future.