Celebrating its global premiere at the Detroit Auto Show 2017, the I.D. Buzz Concept has been designed as an all-wheel drive Microbus for the future and incorporates a number of advanced technologies. It follows on from the BUDD-e concept of last year.
Beneath the skin, the Buzz utilizes a large 111 kWh battery that is complemented with one electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear to deliver a total of 369 hp. Volkswagen says the concept can accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 5 seconds and can travel 270 miles on a predicted U.S. driving cycle.
Perhaps the most important headline of the powertrain is that the battery can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in less than 30 minutes with a charging rate of 150 kW. As the concept is underpinned by VW’s MEB platform, the company says a future production variant could easily be equipped with a rear-wheel drive setup delivering 268 hp and drawing power from a smaller 83 kWh battery.