Volkswagen concept hints at future delivery vans

Volkswagen showed off its latest electric concept car this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the I.D. Buzz Cargo Concept.

That name’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s basically a cargo van version of the I.D. Buzz, which was a retro-futuristic take on the original VW microbus that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2017.

Like the previous bus (Get it? Buzz? Bus?) the new cargo version is designed to be all-electric with a range of about 200 to 340 miles, depending on the battery.

Unlike the other Buzz, the cargo version sends power to the rear wheels (instead of all-wheel-drive). The cargo concept has a 201-horsepower electric motor.

The cargo van is also about 4 inches longer behind the rear wheels to give it more space inside.

Since it’s a concept only at this point, VW says the van can be fully autonomous and it features other technology like a 3D augmented reality head-up display, cameras instead of rear-view mirrors and an electronic inventory-tracking system for the cargo that it could haul.

Volkswagen managers say they would like to launch a production version of a van like this in Europe as early as 2022. VW has been aggressive in creating electric concepts and designs in the wake of the diesel-emission-cheating scandal that has plagued the company for several years.