German car manufacturer Volkswagen's iconic 60s camper van is a vehicle that has been wholeheartedly adopted by hippies of all ages and decades, and surfers too. And now the company have redesigned it into a fully electric self-driving microbus.
Called the I.D. Buzz it's the fourth iteration of their microbus concept and has eight seats and driving range of up to 270 miles. The electric all-wheel drive has 369 horsepower, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds and has a top speed of 99 mph.
It also has a fully autonomous driving mode called I.D. Pilot where the driver's seat turns 180 degrees so it can face passengers. Using cameras, laser, ultrasonic, and radar sensors it collects traffic data and has a customizable personal seat and air conditioning settings, sound system configuration, ambient lighting, and more.
The interior and cockpit has also been turned futuristic, with touch-sensitive steering wheel, a head-up display that projects information via augmented reality, and an I.D. Box center console which includes a tablet that's usable outside the vehicle.
The zero emissions vehicle's 111 kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity within 30 minutes using the Combined Charging System (CCS) or an inductive charging interface, with a charging rate of 150 kW. But the the battery can also be charged from any conventional household outlet and at charging stations.
The concept car was recently unveiled at the Detroit motor show, and it looks like something you could throw your hoverboard into, and head off on a groovy and totally environmentally friendly road trip in—but don't expect to be doing that just yet, not for a couple of years at least.
“The Volkswagen brand’s big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture." Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, says. "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.”
You can check out some concept art for I.D. Buzz, and its unveiling at the motor show, below.