VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Announced, Arriving In 2022

Volkswagen recently announced plans to build a production version of the I.D. Buzz concept and the automaker has just confirmed it will be joined by a Cargo variant.

Set to be launched in 2022, the model will be a compact electric van that resembles the Bulli. Volkswagen declined to elaborate but the cargo van will likely be differentiated from the standard model and have a greater focus on moving equipment and goods.

Besides announcing the I.D. Buzz Cargo, Volkswagen confirmed its Truck & Bus division is investing heavily in autonomous driving technology, alternative powertrains, and connected technologies.

On the autonomous driving front, Volkswagen is working to make automated driving a viable option on public roads and has the goal of developing an autonomous driving system that offers Level Five autonomy. As the company explained, it wants to be in a position to “offer specific products that enable the fully autonomous transportation of goods and people on public roads in a few years’ time.”

Getting there wouldn’t happen overnight but the company is continuously working on autonomous driving technology including the platooning of semi-trucks. The trucks are semi-autonomous and the lead vehicle determines the route and the speed of the trucks in the convoy. Volkswagen says the system helps to improve safety as well as reducing fuel consumption thanks to slipstream driving.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus is also investing in electric vehicles and has developed an e-drivetrain that will be used on medium- and heavy-duty trucks as well as city buses. The electric platform will also be offered in the United States thorough Volkswagen’s strategic partner Navistar beginning in 2019.

The company isn’t just focused on electricity as heavy-duty trucks designed for long-haul transportation aren’t an ideal fit for an electric powertrain. Instead, Volkswagen is eyeing combustion engines powered by gas or biodiesel as well as engines running on Liquefied Natural Gas.

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  • Michelin

    How many year are we waiting the new bulli?
    How many prototypes did we see in past motorshows without metal on the roads ?
    If the EV is the future, why developed hydrogen or naturale gas engines ???

    • Benjamin B.

      Hydrogen fuel cells don’t actually drive vehicles. The fuel cells are used to power electric motors. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are electric vehicles. Only difference is the hydrogen fuel cell acts like a mini power plant. I myself prefer solar or wind to hydrogen. Natural gas is only popular because is cheaper and fleet customers use it because they can fill vehicles up at a home base.

      • Michelin

        I didn’t say “fuel cell”. I mean hydrogen engines like BMW is developing.

  • SgtBeavis

    Westfalia camper in 3… 2… 1…

  • A MODERN DAY BUS WILL SELL. DON’T KNOW WHY VW DRAGS THEIR FEET ABOUT THIS.

  • TheBelltower

    What? 2022??? They’ve been squawking about a bus revival since the 90s. 2022 might as well as be never.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    Yeah…….. no thanks. I’d rather the 60s version.

  • Benjamin B.

    Volkswagen can’t afford to postpone this. It needs an electric bus. Now.

  • Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης

    Too late!! All motor companies now reveal electric cars that will hit the road in 1 or 2 years. Why do they need 5 years to produce a car that was revealed months ago?

  • Absolutely love this. Please come quick and please can I get rich by then

  • Honda NSX-R

    Really interested to see an EV VW Bus in production

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