Everything Aspiring Auto Technicians Need to Know About the Volkswagen ID Series

Shortly after Volkswagen (VW) announced it would be stopping production of the beloved VW Beetle, the German automaker made another major announcement: it would be investing a massive $44 million in electric vehicles by 2024. 

The VW ID lineup is a major part of this investment. The all-electric range includes four highly anticipated concept vehicles, including the ID, the ID. VIZZION, the ID. CROZZ, and the ID. BUZZ. 

Around 1.5 million ID vehicles are expected to be made before 2025, with the first set to hit dealerships in summer 2020. Read on to learn more about the VW ID series and what it means for the future of the automotive industry. 

The ID. BUZZ is the VW Minivan of the Future 

The ID. BUZZ may look a little familiar to those in auto technician courses. Inspired by the iconic VW camper, the ID. BUZZ is the successor of the microbus. The all-electric motor can generate 369hp, allowing the ID. BUZZ to accelerate from 0 to 100km in just 5 seconds, with a max speed of 159km. As well as this, it can travel more than 430km on a single charge. 

This minivan includes futuristic features like autonomous driving mode, an augmented reality head-up display, and a retractable steering wheel. The ID. BUZZ made its global debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017. Production is expected to begin in 2022, with the first editions ready to hit roads by 2025. 

The ID. BUZZ features autonomous driving mode and a retractable steering wheel

Students in Auto Technician Courses Are Already Excited for the ID. CROZZ

If all goes to plan, the ID. CROZZ could hit dealerships before the end of this year, making it the first in the ID series to go to market. The ID. CROZZ is VW’s first all-electric SUV. Like the BUZZ, it features an augmented reality display and autonomous driving mode. The ID. CROZZ can reach an 80% charge in just 30 minutes and has a max speed of 170km/h.   

Sit Back, Relax, and Be Driven in the ID. VIZZION

The ID. VIZZION is the first of the ID series to be fully autonomous. Passengers – as there will no longer be a need for a driver – can control the vehicle using voice and gesture commands. The digital chauffeur is designed to cleverly recognize passengers and adjust seats, music, and comfort zones accordingly. Students might have the opportunity to learn about this kind of smart technology as part of automotive service technician training.  

The ID. VIZZION can travel an impressive 640km on a single charge. Step into this car and you might feel as though you’re stepping into the future, as there is no steering wheel, pedals, or dashboard. 

The Original ID

And lastly, the original member of the ID family: the ID. Like the rest of the ID series, it features smart technology, autonomous driving mode, and a retractable steering wheel. It can also travel almost 600km on a single charge!

Check out the trailer for the ID here:

The new ID series highlights the importance of electric and self-driving vehicles to the automotive industry. Far from being a faraway concept, these technologies are set to hit roads within the next 5 to 10 years.   

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