Volkswagen Norway has created an electric motorized office chair unlike any other that you’ve seen. Featuring a heated cloth seat with an embroidered VW logo, a touchscreen that doubles as a music player, a rear view camera, 360° sensor, built-in speakers, 4-inch aluminum rims, and even a functional horn.
There’s the self-driving ID.BUZZ robotaxi, and then this autonomous Volkswagen GEN.TRAVEL EV concept, which is touted as a mix between a sedan and MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle). This vehicle is capable of driving autonomously, making the driver a relaxed passenger who has time for other things such as catching up on work or just making a video call.
Volkswagen Group China unveiled V.MO, the company’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) autonomous passenger drone prototype. This flying machine has a wingspan of 10.6 meters (34.8 feet), complete with eight rotor blades for vertical take-off and landing, while two additional propellers are used for horizontal propulsion.
This custom-built electric Volkswagen Beetle making 6500hp is a drag racing monster that holds its own against any vehicle. Power comes from four permanent magnet Axial flux AC three-phase motors, with each boasting a continuous power output of 565 hp, so 2260 hp of constant horsepower combined. They can be pushed to achieve a peak power output of 4780 kW (6,500 hp).
It’s official, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz is back, and this time, not just as a concept. It will be based on the company’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), which is the world’s first scalable mass production platform for all-electric cars provides the cross-brand basis for all sorts of different models and segments. Both the 2024 ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo are launching across Europe with an 82 kWh that feeds a 150 kW electric motor generating 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque, enabling the vehicles to hit a top speed of 90 mph. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
At first glance, this looks like a normal Volkswagen Beetle, but open the boot, and you’ll find a Tesla Model S-sourced electric powertrain generating 450 hp and 498 lb-ft (675 Nm) of torque. This 2,315-pound restomod may not have the power of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS with its 4.0L flat six engine making 520 hp and 345 lb-ft of torque, but the latter is considerably heavier at 3,152-pounds.
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The infamous M1 motorway that connects London to Leeds may be the first inter-urban motorway to be completed in the UK, but most drivers hate the daily commute, and one of the reasons is because of the traffic. This person encountered something that probably caused quite the backup once police arrived on scene, or more specifically, a truck driver who collided with a Volkswagen Polo and failed to stop. Read more for the expletive-filled footage captured on smartphone by a passenger in another car.
Remember Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. BUZZ AD (Autonomous Driving) vehicle from years back? Well, the automaker has teamed up with Argo AI in preparation for the launch of autonomous services in Germany and beyond. This retro-futuristic van is set to become the first Volkswagen Group vehicle equipped with SAE Level 4 automation capabilities, and it’s currently being tested on Argo’s brand new closed-course track at Franz Josef Strauss International Airport in Munich.
Unveiled at the 2021 Munich Auto Show today, the Volkswagen ID. LIFE is basically the classic microbus turned futuristic urban electric vehicle. Starting from the outside, it features a horizontal division between the body, glass surfaces and roof, giving it a purist appearance, while a removable roof made of air chamber textile lends an open-air feeling. This EV is essentially based on a smaller variant of the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) developed specially for the small car segment.
Volkswagen’s Mobile Charging Robot can be summoned either with a free app or Car-to-X communication, and it operates completely autonomously. It’s capable of steering the vehicle to be charged and then communicates with it, whether that means opening the charging socket flap or connecting the plug / unplugging. The entire charging process happens without any human involvement whatsoever. To charge several electric vehicles simultaneously the mobile robot moves a trailer, or a mobile energy storage unit, to the vehicle, connects, and then uses this to charge the batteries.