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Volkswagen Unveils 'ID Buzz' Electric Microbus Concept (ibtimes.co.uk) 52

New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Given the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen in 2015, we reckon Scooby Doo and the gang would opt for something a little more environmentally-sound were they to be reinvented for the 21st Century. VW's new ID Buzz electric concept car, unveiled at the International Auto Show in Detroit on 8 January, is exactly the sort of thing we can imagine the overbearing talking dog and four meddlesome kids driving around in today. The ID Buzz is the second electric concept vehicle to come from Volkswagen in recent months, following the VW I.D. concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016. The ID Buzz is a re-imagining of sorts of the German automaker's classic VW Microbus, with 'Buzz' being a phonetic play on 'bus' and, according to VW, "refers to the silent buzzing of the drive system." The all-electric van boasts a driving range of up to 270 miles, which VW says is comparable to traditional petrol-powered vehicles, and features a "fully-autonomous" mode that allows the driver's seat to swing round 180 degrees for a more social seating arrangement. Additional cutting-edge features include a heads-up display that projects navigational information as augmented reality images, which can appear as directional cues as much as 49 feet ahead of the car. This provides a more visual system that marks directions on the road itself, rather than having to rely on a 2D image as in the case with traditional sat-navs. VW calls the effect "astonishingly realistic."
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Volkswagen Unveils 'ID Buzz' Electric Microbus Concept

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  • Silent Buzzing? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by R3d M3rcury ( 871886 ) on Monday January 09, 2017 @05:33PM (#53637311) Journal

    "refers to the silent buzzing of the drive system."

    If it's buzzing, then it isn't silent.

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Monday January 09, 2017 @05:59PM (#53637463)

      If it's buzzing, then it isn't silent.

      True, but I think their point it it wont bee that noisy.

      • by zieroh ( 307208 )

        True, but I think their point it it wont bee that noisy.

        I see what you did there.

        • I wish I had some points to mod this up :)
          • BTW, if it's spelled "Buzz," the German pronunciation sounds more like "butts" than "bus." Americans can get excited about driving their butts around and seeing how many people they can fit in their butts. Do you think they're holding a grudge because Americans exposed their oh so clever but fraudulent emissions software?
      • by MouseR ( 3264 )

        This is their fourth prototype being glared in the public eye, just to make us forget about dieselgate.

        Die, VW. The Hitler car has run out of gas.

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      "refers to the silent buzzing of the drive system."

      If it's buzzing, then it isn't silent.

      That's the problem with EV's. They still make a crapload of noise. Most of the noise you get from ICE cars is road noise rather than engine or exhaust noise. Well for petrol cars at least. The majority of the noise comes from the tyres impacting against the road surface. You have the same issue with EV's. You also have wind noise at high speeds.

      I used to have a 90's Civic VTi with the D16 engine, that thing was silent. You had to ramp it past 5000 RPM for it to become noticeable over the road noise.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    mystery machine was not a vw microbus

  • by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Monday January 09, 2017 @05:40PM (#53637361)
    - Insert obligatory Slashdot 'electric vehicle' responses here -

    [Response 1: My commute is 300 miles! As a result this electric vehicle is useless for everyone!]

    [Response 2: Some electricity is coal-generated! As a result, in all jurisdictions, this car is more polluting than a 1973 VW Microbus!]
    • [Response 1: My commute is 300 miles! As a result this electric vehicle is useless for everyone!]

      Variation: Once a month, I go visit my parents/grandparents/sweetheart/cat 300 miles away! Between the people who drive 300 miles to work and people like me who travel a long distance once a month, it won't work!

      • by zieroh ( 307208 )

        Variation: Once a month, I go visit my parents/grandparents/sweetheart/cat 300 miles away! Between the people who drive 300 miles to work and people like me who travel a long distance once a month, it won't work!

        Take the wife's car.

    • [Response 3: My mother was killed by a electric vehicle, you insensitive clod!]

      [Response 4: I will only consider getting one when they add fins and mount a laser on the front.] ;)

    • [Response 2: Some electricity is coal-generated! As a result, in all jurisdictions, this car is more polluting than a 1973 VW Microbus!]

      It's actually worse than this. You can't look at electricity consumption overall. You have to look at the marginal increase in electricity production in response to adding a marginal increase in consumption (the EV). In nearly all locations, this added increase in consumption is met by electricity generated from burning coal or natural gas. So EVs are actually almost e

      • by zieroh ( 307208 )

        That's some twisted logic you've got there. Congratulations, you must be proud of yourself. But it's utter bullshit.

        Utilities will continue to add capacity as it becomes necessary, and that capacity increasingly (not always, but increasingly) comes from renewable sources. Furthermore, the technology curve tends to dictate that even when adding fossil-fuel-powered plants, the newer plants will tend to be cleaner and more efficient from the get-go than their decades-old predecessors.

        And if all that wasn't eno

        • Actally it is sound logic, you may just not follow. If you charge at night, you are not using any solar, so that leaves wind and other conventional sources. Wind output will be whatever it is, demand variances are the supplied by other sources.. If you charge during day peaks, solar output is not going to change, so the increase must be made from other sources. If we are not dispatching wind, then the increase isn't coming from wind either.

          Some can come from Hydro, which is dispatched

          Until we start dis
      • by iris-n ( 1276146 )

        Wow, that is wonderful work of art, trying to argue that EVs are actually bad for the environment. Whichever company is hiring you to write that, they're using their money well.

        What's your next task, to prove that black is actually white? I'd love to read that one.

    • How about:

      I tow for the Boy Scouts and personal camping, and need cargo capacity for camping gear for three people. I will happily buy a tow capible electric truck, but I don't see it happening any time soon.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday January 09, 2017 @06:10PM (#53637533)

    ... of van.

    Now if they can come up with a modern version of a Chevy panel van. With porthole windows, cheesy mural, orange shag carpeting and a bumper sticker, "If this van's rocking, don't come knocking" they will have addressed my demographic.

  • The thing is not horrible looking. I like the idea of dual motors, would be even more impressed with 4 motors, one directly hooked to each wheel, but they are getting there. As for the noise, I've always wanted to have a recording of an old steam train instead of a car sound anyways, or maybe even an mp3 of horse hooves from a stage coach. The range seems a bit short, but in reality for most cases recharge time is more important than actual range. YMMV of course...

    • If you prefer the classic micro bus, the real VW bug, a Porsche 356 or 912 or 914, there is a company in Tampa that makes an electric conversion for anything that uses the 200mm clutch that all these cars have in common....

  • From what I can remember, Scooby snickered a lot and had a speech impediment. How was he overbearing?
  • This will never be built. It's just a ploy to help people forget about Dieselgate.
  • Considering that something like this probably costs an order of magnitude more than the old version did, I can't see the scooby gang in one anytime soon.

  • They keep regurgitating the same "new microbus" design every couple of years when they have nothing else of interest to offer; IIRC the first version of this POS showed up in 2000 or so.

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