For the second year in a row, a Volkswagen concept – the I.D. Buzz electric vehicle – has been named “2017 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 16th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.
The I.D. Buzz won recognition from a panel of judges who praised its inventive combination of electric mobility and forward-thinking style that hearkens to the original Microbus without mimicking it.
The electric MPV is the second model in the three I.D. concept vehicles shown so far.
Built on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), the I.D. Buzz highlights how electric power can be suited to larger vehicles, offering maximum utilization of space on the footprint similar to that of a medium-size passenger car.
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With the batteries and the drive system that provide an estimated all-wheel-drive range of up to 270 miles housed in the floor, the driver and passengers find lots of space for traveling in comfort – along with up to 162.5 cu ft of cargo space inside with the rear seats folded.
And while the Buzz carries cues from the past, its technology points to the future – from a retractable steering wheel that senses the driver’s intentions to headlights and exterior lighting that can provide communication with pedestrians based on its I.D. Pilot autonomous driving mode.
Ambient lighting inside and out provide a visual signature that make the I.D. Buzz unmistakable and timeless.