All-electric autonomous Volkswagen ID. BUZZ to come in 2025: CEO Carsten Intra
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, manufacturer of light commercial vehicles owned by Germany-based Volkswagen Group (VW), has confirmed that it has started development of its very first self-driving electric vehicle called the VW ID. BUZZ.
Carsten Intra, chief executive of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, revealed that the MEB-based ID. BUZZ EV will enter production line at the company’s Hanover manufacturing plant sometime in 2022. Around a couple more years will be taken by the project to transform the EV into an autonomous or self-driving version. Launch of the autonomous ID. BUZZ will likely take place in 2025.
The ambitious project has already been approved by the German automaker’s supervisory board. With the approval, the company is now set on the course for the future of all-electric autonomous mobility.
Speaking on the topic, CEO Intra said, “With the confirmation of the group’s supervisory board for our Autonomous Driving R&D program, we are setting the course for the future of mobility. Autonomous, electric driving will make an important contribution to urban mobility and road safety. Our vehicles are the logical first choice to apply such systems to.”
The top executive explained that the main goal of designing and developing the all-electric autonomous ID. BUZZ is to offer ride-hailing & pooling services. The self-driving vehicles will work as robo-taxis in selected cities by the middle of this decade.
The ID BUZZ takes inspiration from the automaker’s iconic Type 2 microbus design. The first generation of the Type 2 microbus was first manufactured decades ago in 1949. Its name suggests that it was the second vehicle produced by the automaker at that time. The Type 1 was the iconic Beetle. The new ID. BUZZ will more or less retain the shape of its original fossil fuel-powered forerunner, with dimensions of 4.94m (length) by 1.97m (width) by 1.96 (height). Like the original vehicle, it will also feature the V-nose, rectangular windows, and rear side air vents. Nevertheless, it will be totally different in terms of powertrain, which will match those of futuristic vehicles.
VW has a goal to become the world’s leading producer of electric cars as well as electric buses. The company aims to produce and sell at least 22 million electric cars over the next decade under its various brands, which includes Audi, Bugatti, Bentley, SEAT, Škoda, Lamborghini, and Porsche.