Thieu/ Januar 23, 2017/ Pioneers, The Alternative Cool/ 0Kommentare

The era of electric mobility has begun, and Volkswagen wants to shape it with the I.D. BUZZ concept. A Microbus for a new era – the electric concept forges links between the origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future. Better late than never.

The I.D. BUZZ, like the compact I.D. presented at the Paris Motor Show, is another new Volkswagen vehicle that gives compelling design to electric mobility and reflects a transformation of the brand and its models.

Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, says: «The Volkswagen brand’s big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture. That is when we will be launching an entirely new generation of fully connected, all-electric vehicles to the market. By 2025 we want to be selling one million of these vehicles annually. We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen.»

The I.D. BUZZ zero-emissions vehicle conceptually follows the new Volkswagen brand strategy. Its claim is: «We make the future real.» Four fields of innovation form the basis for this strategy.

  • Smart Sustainabilit: Volkswagen is advancing the development of innovative high-volume electric car models
  • Automated Driving: Volkswagen will make cars even safer and more comfortable by means of autonomous driving
  • Intuitive Usability: Volkswagen is focusing on cars that are intuitive to operate and feature new display and control concepts
  • Connected Community: In the future, Volkswagen will interconnect humans, cars and the environment with a Volkswagen user identity

Volkswagen is showing just how multifaceted electric mobility can be in Detroit with the I.D. BUZZ concept vehicle—maximum space utilization with all-wheel drive, electric motors at the front and rear axles, a fully autonomous driving mode (“I.D. Pilot”) and a new generation of display elements and controls.

The «I.D. BUZZ» name was hardly an arbitrary choice. I.D. stands for Identity, Idea, Individual, Intelligent and Iconic Design. BUZZ, on the other hand, is a phonetic word play on bus and refers to the silent «buzzing» of the drive system.

«The I.D. BUZZ is a next-generation vehicle based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), offering comfort and plenty of space», says Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management responsible for Development. «The overall concept of the I.D. BUZZ points the way to the future. This concept vehicle is the world’s first electric multi-purpose vehicle to be equipped with a fully autonomous driving mode. It carries the feeling of freedom of the Microbus over to a completely new era of mobility.»

Was ist der I.D. Buzz eigentlich? Ein futuristischer Bus für acht Insassen, mit reinem EV-Antrieb, ohne Armaturenbrett und mit einem Spitzentempo von 160 km/h. Er sicherlich  hat das Zeug zum Renner beim jungen hippen Stadtpublikum. Der I.D. Buzz soll die Gefühle für Flower-Power wieder erwecken und gleichzeitig neue Trendsetter anlocken.

In der Summe bietet der Innenraum eine Lounge-Atmosphäre, deren Ambiente bei Dunkelheit durch verschiedene Lichtinstallationen der jeweiligen Stimmung entsprechend werden gestaltet werden kann.

Der 4,92 Meter lange Kleinbus mit dem grossen Radstand von 3,30 Metern ist das zweite Mitglied der Familie, mit der VW ab 2020 im Elektro-Zeitalter ankommen will. Zuerst kommt der I.D.  – bald danach der Bus. «Wir machen die Elektromobilität zum neuen Markenzeichen von VW», kündigt VW-Chef Herbert Diess an. Reichlich spät, aber immerhin.

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