Volkswagen Electric Concept Models
Volkswagen has a line of rather intriguing electric vehicle (EV) concepts currently in the works. While none of these are available for sale and aren’t necessarily intended to make it to production, they’re still interesting to learn about as they show what the auto industry could look like in the not-so-distant future.
VW’s researchers and developers are currently working on four EV concept vehicles: ID., ID. VIZZION, ID. BUZZ, and ID. CROZZ. Each of these is designed to use VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, which maximizes the application of all-new electric technologies. These EVs, although they’re certainly sophisticated and ambitious, are designed with technologies that already exist, so it’s not crazy to think that any of these will someday be road-ready.
This especially sleek and stylish EV hatchback can deliver a driving range of 370 miles on a single charge thanks to its 125 kW (170 PS) zero-emissions electric motor. On the inside, you’ll be greeted with an entirely new cockpit experience. All of the knobs and buttons will be replaced by a single touchscreen command center, and when the ID. is in autonomous Pilot mode (driving by itself) the traditional steering wheel will disappear into the dash. What’s more, the ID. will even learn to recognize several different drivers’ unique preferences and will adjust for them when each specific driver gets into the car.
With a planned production date sometime in 2022, the ID. VIZZION represents VW’s ultra-futuristic sedan design. Unlike the ID., the VIZZION will not have a steering wheel at all. Instead, it will be commanded by what VW calls a “digital chauffeur” that can do things like adjust seating, shuffle through music, and maximize the comfort of every occupant. Power will be supplied by electric motors located on the front and rear axles and will produce a total system output of 302 hp. The 111-kWh battery pack’s charge should be able to keep the ID. VIZZION going for approximately 300 miles.
Adding to the futuristic features is a wide array of impressive detection technologies which includes laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors in the front and rear, and cameras that give a 360-degree view of the surrounding vehicles. As far as appearance is concerned, the ID. VIZZION boasts a sleek design where everything blends together nicely, and with the absence of a B pillar, there will be more space to enter/exit when the doors are opened.
The ID. BUZZ is VW’s futuristic Microbus, and the automaker is hoping to sell it at some point in 2022. The design is reminiscent of the original Type 2 Microbus, although the ID. BUZZ is entirely its own creation thanks to the unique light strip that surrounds the vehicle and the hexagonal lights that act as its eyes. Unlike VW’s first bus, which had a system output of a mere 30 horsepower, the ID. BUZZ’s horsepower goal is 369. Also, using the state-of-the-art VW fast-charge system, it can recharge nearly 8% of the battery in approximately 30 minutes at 150 kW.
If you’re curious to see where the popular SUV segment is headed, take a look at the ID. CROZZ. It combines 302 hp electric motors in an all-wheel drive layout with a 311-mile driving range. As with the ID., the steering wheel retracts when the vehicle is in Pilot mode, and LED lights in the front come together to form an “integrated spotlight,” where the lights are able to move and communicate with other drivers. VW also plans to put in a panoramic sunroof with a motion-controlled movable shade that reduces glare while yielding soft ambient interior light.