Volkswagen Developing Low-Emissions Electric Van

Volkswagen has premiered a new low-emissions electric van that it is developing.

The vehicle is the ID Buzz Cargo, a revamped version of its existing Transporter van. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles boasts that it could potentially “write history as one of the most advanced light commercial vehicles”. It claims the van will have panels with emissions ratings of zero, Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, a large solar roof, heads-up display and IoT-connected dashboard.

The van’s design is based on the modular electric drive kit (MEB), and its concept, like all vehicles in the ID range, is intended as “a sibling of the ID Buzz” van that Volkswagen launched last year. According to a company statement, the ID Buzz Cargo’s locking system is “activated via a sensor” and “recognizes authorized persons via a digital key which is sent to the van from a smartphone”.

Volkswagen is also proud of how the van can be fitted “with different size batteries according to [its] use profile”, although it makes no mention of whether the size of the vehicle’s powertrain can be a factor in this process. Despite the company’s claim that the ID Buzz Cargo “could be launched as early as 2021”, Volkswagen says it is “designed to be just as close to production level” as the ID Buzz, which doesn’t enter production until 2022.

 


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