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Volkswagen Buzz Van

The ID Buzz looks like it will a highly anticipated candidate for production and will be available at US dealerships in 2022. This is after a number of concept vans have been designed over the last few years.

The Buzz seats up to eight people in a box that has all of VW’s current design values. People like it, it’s sensual, it’s innovative, it’s logical, and it’s a reflection of the company’s brand equity. The center console can be relocated, and there’s a full skylight roof.

The squared-off steering wheel can go into the dashboard when it isn’t needed, and all secondary controls are in a huge touchscreen. Finally, the designers have managed to achieve their goal of getting rid of small switches and knobs.

Inspired by the iconic Combi Van of the sixties, this microbus is based on Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform.
This includes the front and rear axles each having a motor to power it.

The premium version has a power output of 369 horsepower and all-wheel drive. It has an EPA range of 270 miles.
An 83 kWh battery and a range of 200 miles and rear wheel drive are offered in the more base model.

Volkswagen Lounge SUV

Volkswagen Lounge SUV

Most likely this vehicle will be a crossover or SUV shape, though very few details exist to substantiate this theory. It is suggested that the car might be based on the Volkswagen MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit).

Expectations are in place that says that the rear wheel drive battery electric platform will be better than all of Volkswagen’s EVs to date.

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV

Volkswagen plans to bring to about an electric car to production in 2020 called the I.D. CROZZ. While originally just a concept, and still in the preliminary stages, this vehicle will likely be a crossover of an SUV and a four-door coupe.

Volkswagen has said:

“The I.D. CROZZ is a sporty, zero-emission all-around vehicle that is designed to be interactive, and whose electric 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system is as impressive on unpaved trails as it is in adverse weather conditions. One electric motor works at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an ‘electric prop shaft’.

The driving range of the SUV that outputs 225 kW (system power) and boasts a top speed of 180 km/h is up to 500 kilometers (NEDC) on one battery charge. The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.”

The all-electric I.D. CROZZ joins I.D. and I.D. Buzz by offering headlights that can wink, squint, and even stare at people and objects. Some people might consider this creepy, but really, it’s a cool, futuristic feature that makes this car stand out.

At the front, the all-wheel drive will output 75 kW, and 150 kW at the rear.

Volkswagen AEROe

Volkswagen AEROe

Volkswagen is planning on releasing five new electric vehicles over the next five years, which was discovered thanks to a leaked slide at a presentation. They have quite a few plans in the work, and the I.D. AEROe is only one of them. There’s one thing for sure, though: the I.D. AEROe is gaining a lot of attention and speculation about it is through the roof.

The I.D. compact EV is set to be produced and only sold in Europe, so it makes sense that the AEROe would be a somewhat larger car, such as a wagon. The silhouette suggests this so that might be what we’re looking at in the future.

However, the wagons don’t sell well, even with combustion engines, so this could be a risky and surprising decision. There is also hope that the name hints that this could be something much better, such as a sports car. One can dream, anyway!

Whatever the AEROe turns out to be, it’ll be close to two years until we see the first new-gen electric Volkswagen. The rest are scheduled to unfold over four years. This isn’t even close to VW’s target of producing 35 EVs by 2025, so we can expect to see more coming.

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Volkswagen I.D. Hatchback

Volkswagen has an EV model range called the I.D. Based on the popular Golf (and which will likely supersede the e-Golf), the I.D. is meant for European markets. The I.D. Crozz SUV/Crossover is going to be the very first ID to sell inside the states.

The EPA range is going to be 210-310 miles based on the concept I.D.’s range of 400-600 km. Most likely it will be an additional upgrade because of the expense, but the I.D. will be created with the idea of self-driving in mind.
The I.D. is a tallish hatchback. It isn’t quite a crossover, but it's not as low as the Golf.

Its most notable design features include the eyelike LED headlights that darken when the car is off to near invisibility. They waken again when the car is on. They can ‘look around’, much like eyeballs, and lock onto the driver or passenger as they approach the car.

Other features include blue-backlit lower body accents that pulsate when the car is charging, and white-lit door handles that move around when the car is started.

The ID Crozz will be aimed at the US market, but Volkswagen is planning for the I.D to sell primarily in the European market and wants 100,000 units to be produced manually, starting in 2020.

There will be 3 different battery sizes available for the I.D. Hatch, and they will start at 48 kWh. 373 miles of range (or 600 km) will be the suggested range for the highest version.

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Volkswagen e-Up Hatchback

Volkswagen e-Up! Pros & Cons

Volkswagen has again taken a gas model, like the e-Golf, and electrified it to make the e-Up. The question remains to be answered on whether they did as good of a job modifying the 5-door e-UP as they did on the e-Golf.

Range

99 miles is the official EPA-rated range of the E-Up. This isn’t always the case, however, and it’s not so easy to tell what range you’ll actually get in the real world. During the summer, the E-Up will get between 75 and 100 miles of range while in the winter, this will go down to somewhere between 50 and 75 miles.

Since it’s made for the city, the dismal range of the E-Up isn’t actually so bad, even with its tiny battery that comes in at just 18.7 kW. This is much smaller than batteries you’d find in bigger electric vehicles.

Performance

Powered by the small battery is the tiny 60 kW electric motor that produces just 81-horsepower and 155lb-ft of torque. This means that it will take 12.4 seconds to get up to 60 miles per hour and the top speed is about 80 miles per hour. These are easily some of the worst performance specs out there on the market.

However, the E-Up is once again designed for city use, and it does have enough go power for that sort of driving.

Handling is a great part of the E-Up, much like its gas counterpart, and it can handle backroads just fine. Since the battery pack is located under the floor, it keeps the center of gravity low.

Standard Equipment

While being considered a tiny, affordable city car, that doesn’t mean the E-Up is lacking in features. The standard equipment is home to many comforts that include heated front seats, alloy wheels, a 5-inch color screen, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and emergency braking.

Charging

If you use a Level 2 power source with a 240v, you are only look at somewhere between 4 and 6 hours to get a full charge. This is much better and more convenient than using a Level 1 power source with a 120v because that will take you 12 to 15 hours of charging before your vehicle is completely charged.

DC-fast charging capabilities are available for use and will charge the E-Up to 80% in just thirty minutes! Drivers can expect to get somewhere around 116 MPGe when combining city and highway driving.

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Volkswagen e-Golf Hatchback

Volkswagen e-Golf Pros & Cons

Though it is a compliance EV, Volkswagen is putting a lot of effort into the e-Golf to make sure it’s competitive. It has come along a great deal since it was first released in 2014.

Range Increase

One of the most notable changes in the e-Golf’s 2017 model is the increase in range. It has gone from just 83 all the way up to 186 miles of range. Volkswagen has said that more realistically, it will get about 125 miles but that’s still a huge increase to what it was before.

Charging Improvements

The 7.2 kW onboard charger has become a standard feature in the 2017 Volkswagen model. Charging from a 120v socket still takes around 13 hours, but now you can charge from a level 2 using a 240v power source and charge it in just six hours. This is a huge improvement.

As a standard feature on the SEL Premium and an optional extra on the base SE is the DC fast charger that will charge the e-Golf to 80% in one hour. Combined city/highway driving will get an EPA estimated 119 MPGe.

Front Wheel Drive Performance

Unlike last year’s model which only got an 85 kW electric motor, 2017 has made the jump to a 100 kW motor. The torque has gotten an upgrade as well, going from 199lb-ft to 214lb-ft. This allows for 9.6 seconds to go from 0 to 62 miles and reach a top speed of 93 miles per hour. The electric motor’s power is sent to the front wheels.

Interior

Five passengers easily fit into the 93 cubic feet of space in this four-door hatchback. It also has a great cargo capacity too, of 23 cubic feet, making it ideal for packing things for a road trip.

One of the best features of the e-Golf’s finished interior is the 9.2-inch touchscreen that is built into the dashboard.

Volkswagen has done all it can to take this vehicle that was born out of necessity and make it into more than just a compliance car.

Specifications:

Base price: $30,495
Dest. Charge: $895
Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery Size (kWh): 35.8
EPA EV Range (mi): 125
Total Range (mi): 125
Top Speed (mph): 93
Peak Power EV (kW): 100
Peak Power ICE (hp): ---
0-6- mph (sec): 9.6
Weight (lbs): ---