Volkswagen’s latest I.D. concept could become America’s future delivery van.
At the 2018 LA Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced a new addition to its electric ID concept family. Called the I.D. Buzz Cargo, VW's latest EV concept is an electric delivery van with fully autonomous driving capabilities and a 340-mile range. Potentially, it could revolutionize the delivery industry when it launches in Europe in 2022. While the initial announcement didn't mention if the production I.D. Cargo will arrive in America, there's a good chance it will.
According to AutoGuide, VW CEO Scott Keogh said the company is "taking a very close look at it [for the U.S. market]" during its press conference. The CEO focused on how the Cargo could transform the delivery industry, in contrast to the announcement that focused on repairs. Keogh outlined the advantages of an electric delivery van in a world where free two-day shipping means that delivery vehicles are becoming a bigger environmental threat.
In what logistics companies call the "last mile," efficiency is greatly reduced during the final step of final products. Whereas a large ship or truck obviously have larger capacities, getting parcels from the distribution center to the destination in two days means delivering a few packages at a time, which causes a lot of traffic congestion and carbon emissions. An electric delivery vehicle would help reduce this, and you can imagine large companies like Amazon adopting a fleet of electric delivery vehicles in the future.
As for the specs, the I.D. Cargo has a total of 201 hp from its 150 kW electric motor and a single-speed transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels. Top speed is electronically limited to 99 mph. VW also claims the 111 kWh battery pack can be charged to an 80 percent capacity in only 30 minutes via a fast-charging unit.