VW Electric Bus Volkswagen’s ID electric car branding feels amazingly well established already considering we’re not actually expecting the first production version until 2021.
VW Electric Bus Now the 2018 Geneva motor show brings a fourth concept example, the super-sleek VW ID Vizzion.
The ID Vizzion follows the original the ID hatch (a kind of electric Golf substitute), the ID Crozz coupe-SUV and the ID Buzz van/MPV, and immediately establishes itself as a strong contender for the ID with the daftest name.
In terms of looks, the Vizzion is perhaps the least outlandish ID model yet – but with absolutely no hint of a steering wheel or pedals inside and lots of talk of artificial intelligence-led autonomous driving, it totally gets its futuristic mojo back when it comes to technology.
Reinvention ain’t easy—just ask Blockbuster how well that DVD rental to streaming video transition went.
Volkswagen, long the poster child of efficient diesel transportation, is going through a similar (though hopefully far-more successful) transformation after its diesel emissions scandal, pivoting from diesel engines to a new family of electric vehicles, called I.D.
Ever pragmatic, VW knows it needs a global halo of sorts for its new I.D. lineup, which includes the not-for-U.S. Volkswagen I.D. hatchback and the global VW I.D. Crozz crossover. Both are acceptable if a bit bland, but neither meaningfully moves the needle into the gotta-have-it territory.
Which is how I found myself in Los Angeles’ bohemian Venice Beach, behind the wheel of the VW I.D. Buzz concept. Slated to go into production in 2022, two years after the I.D. and I.D. Crozz, VW Electric Bus Volkswagen hopes the reborn electric Microbus will build buzz and amp up customers for its new I.D. lineup. Yes, this stuff writes itself.
The I.D. Buzz is a lot like Venice, where you’re just as likely to find hippies in drum circles and people living in their vans as you are the nouveau riche and tech bros in multistory modernist modules.
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That’s enough performance to get the car from zero to 60 in less than five seconds, but really that’s not a challenge I expect many potential I.D. Buzz owners will think about. More important are the planned autonomy features. Press on the large VW logo on the steering wheel and the entire thing folds back into the dashboard. Once autonomy is enabled, the drivers’ seat can swivel and rotate 180 degrees, even sliding around on channels in the floor.
The completely reconfigurable interior is VW Electric Bus Volkswagen’s vision for what a future of autonomous driving will look like, a decidedly trendy look at the “living room on wheels” idea we’ve seen from so many manufacturers lately. With one of the most comfortable, wide-open, bright layouts I’ve ever seen in a car, if this is the future of self-driving transportation, color me sold.
Of course, the current concept can’t really drive itself. That’s where I came in.
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to attend Monterey Car Week, the whole series of events is best described as the most beautiful, most expensive traffic jam you’ll ever see in your life. Getting anywhere takes three times longer than it should and you’ll spend plenty of time sitting in traffic while watching and smelling some priceless automotive relic overheat.
And so driving at high-speed around the sinuous canyon or coastal roads is almost always out of the question. And so my brief time behind the wheel in the I.D. Buzz concept was at a pretty low speed — but not just because of the traffic. A VW Electric Bus rep also asked me to keep the speed down because the charge in the pack was getting low and, frankly, because this is still just a hand-built concept.