Top management of Volkswagen has spoken some big words about the future of the car brand in the electric vehicle market. The leaders have stated that when the company makes its entry to the mass market in 2022, the production machinery will crank out millions of vehicles right from the start. Compared to the e-car market size in 2018, it feels big, but that’s exactly how new markets are created and dominated.
Another sign that VW is betting its future on electric vehicles are models announced for vanlife use and for cargo traffic. The chic VW I.D. Buzz campervan has been spotted on road tests already, even though it is planned to be available in 2022. In autumn 2018, VW introduced an all-electric concept van VW I.D. Buzz Cargo. As the name implies, the van is intended for cargo transport.
VW I.D. Buzz Cargo features
The I.D. Buzz Cargo is planned to be ready for commercial use in 2021. It has a self-driving mode known as I.D. Pilot, but not necessarily in early models.
The Cargo has been designed to accept many types of battery packs. A small battery pack for moving around in a city (48 kWh and lower price), and a large battery for long range transport (111 kWh). The range of the Cargo varies from 320 to 550 / 200 to 340 miles. A fast-charging station can top up 80% of battery capacity in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the battery size. Household/office electricity can also be used, but it is quite slow and primarily intended for overnight charging. The roof has a solar panel that can provide additional energy, but its impact is minimal.
The vehicle is 503 cm / 198 inches long, 198 cm / 78 inches wide, and 195 cm / 77 inches tall. The maximum payload is 800 kg / 1760 pounds. 20-inch wheels roll the electric van along city streets and country roads.
Augmented reality head-up display, laptop at the center seat, rear cameras, IoT technology, and many other high-tech features are included in the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo. Volkswagen describes the features in more detail at the concept product description.
Who is the first vanlifer to convert the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo into a personal campervan?
The I.D. Buzz Cargo van and I.D. Buzz campervan are based on the same vehicle. One comes with features and accessories required in cargo delivery, whereas other one comes with fully equipped kitchen and beds.
All campervan and motorhome owners know how personal the requirements for the living space of a long-range road trip vehicle are. That’s why so many people build their own campervans from ordinary cargo vans.
The ID Buzz Cargo has the dimensions of a compact campervan that’s easy to drive practically anywhere. That’s why it is not going to take long before someone builds a campervan from the Cargo vehicle. Furthermore, it is not going to take long before a small German garage business starts building conversion vans from Cargo vehicles for customers.