When Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept electric vehicle, which was clearly inspired by the iconic second-generation Volkswagen Bus of the 1960s and 70s, it was met to near-universal acclaim. Now, VW says it plans to make a production version of its electric prototype, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2022.
“Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world,” said Volkswagen chairman Dr. Herbert Diess. “The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”
The future electric VW Bus, like the brand’s other I.D. concepts, will ride on the new Modular Electric Drive platform, which is designed to maximize the potential of future electrification technologies. Though it’s informally known as a bus because of its exterior design, the I.D. Buzz concept is more like a stylish minivan or SUV with exceptionally flexible interior arrangements.
It has three rows of ultra-configurable seats, including front seats that can be turned to face the back of the vehicle. This is made possible by a fold-away steering wheel, which is just one of many innovations introduced by the I.D. Buzz concept. Other features include pop-up laser scanners in the roof and an augmented reality-enabled head-up display.
Whenever the I.D. Buzz goes into production, you can count on finding it at Lewisville Volkswagen in Lewisville, Texas.
Many outdated depictions of life in modern times would have you believe that our vehicles should be commuting through the clouds and making appointments on our behalf. While we’re still a few years out from flying cars, Volkswagen’s new ID.4 lets you communicate with your vehicle in ways previously unheard of.
Though you won’t be having conversations with your Volkswagen any time soon, VW introduced a sophisticated dash light feature into the new ID.4. The dash light fixture is comprised of 54 miniscule LED lights that illuminate in different hues to communicate vital information to the driver and passengers.
When you sit in the driver’s seat of the ID.4, the dash light row will display a series of blue and white LEDs to welcome you and indicate that you are free to commence your drive. Upon standing up to exit the car, the ID.4’s light bar displays the reverse color scheme to wish you well.
Volkswagen also included a number of other dash light communications, including alerts for incoming phone calls, safety warnings, battery charge level, and navigation. Many more messages are expected to be rolled out.
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Volkswagen’s new all-electric SUV is a game changer for the future of electric vehicles. On top of its many unique features, one thing that makes the Volkswagen ID.4 stand out is how it uses regenerative braking by applying a coasting function.
The concept of regenerative braking is common in electric vehicles. When a driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal, the system detects the loss of pressure, triggering the recovery of electricity and automatic deceleration. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 functions differently.
Volkswagen designed the ID.4’ braking system to function similarly to a standard gas-powered vehicle. When a driver moves their foot from the right pedal, instead of applying regenerative braking, the ID.4 will coast. The ID.4 does still feature regenerative braking, although it activates when the left or brake pedal is used. This gives the driver a feeling of deceleration similar to that of a gas vehicle.
Volkswagen created the ID.4’s coasting and braking function like this in order to make the driving experience more predictable. By emphasizing predictability, familiarity, and driver comfort, the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will power the way for electric vehicles in the future by normalizing the experience.
With the electric Volkswagen ID.4 now hitting the market and many more EVs on the way, VW is setting itself up to have an impressive EV lineup in the future. To make this lineup possible, VW has announced that an array of new EV infrastructure developments are on the way.
Volkswagen Group of America’s Chief Operating Officer, Johan de Nysschen, said, “It’s important that the infrastructure supporting our products continues to grow in the U.S. as we aim to deliver more vehicles designed in the market, for the market at the right time and at the right price.”
At the VW Innovation and Engineering Center California facility located in Silicon Valley, the automaker will install a sizeable charge park. Up to 51 EVs will be able to charge here at one time, making the facility one of the largest charge parks in the Bay Area.
VW is also working to create a new battery engineering lab at the VW Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Once the lab is finished, this facility will become the central hub for the production of VW EVs in North America. Additional EV-based expansions will take place at facilities in Arizona, Virginia, and other states.
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With plans to offer multiple electric vehicles in the next few years, Volkswagen intends to add new technologies to these vehicles to make them more powerful. According to the automaker, one of the first innovations it wants to add is the NXP battery management system.
At the NXP Connects developer conference on Oct. 20, 2020, NXP CEO Kurt Sievers revealed that the company would be partnering with VW. The companies will work to integrate the NXP battery management system into the VW MEB electric vehicle platform.
This updated technology will ultimately increase the driving range and battery life of VW EVs. Currently, the VW ID.4 has an estimated range of 250 miles, so you can take daily commutes and small road trips without worrying about charging.* However, with the new system, this range could be even better and the SUV could be even stronger.
Head of Development for Vehicle Energy Supply and High Voltage Systems at Volkswagen AG, Dr. Holger Manz, also said, “Incorporating a functionally safe battery management system that can scale across many car models makes it easier to achieve the full power potential of a battery, optimized range, and the extension of the battery’s lifetime.”
We at Lewisville Volkswagen are excited about these new VW models and technologies. If you’re interested in learning about the current and upcoming VW models available, be sure to give us a call.
*The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition EPA estimated total range is 250 miles. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, accessory use, temperature and topography, battery age, load, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.