For the second time! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 10, 2017 2017 VW I.D. Buzz Concept - 270 miles of All-electric range battery electric concept Microbus. 2017 VW I.D. Buzz For the second year in a row, a VW concept – the I.D. Buzz BEV -- 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 was honored from a panel of judges who praised its inventive combination of electric mobility and forward-thinking style based on the throwback Microbus without mimicking it. The award ceremony was held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 30, 2017. The new electric MPV concept 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. With the batteries and the drive system that provide an estimated AWD 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 volume inside with the rear seats folded. The Buzz carries Microbus design cues but its tech is definitely 21st century! How about a retractable steering wheel that senses the driver’s intentions? And the headlights and exterior lighting that can provide communication with pedestrians based on its I.D. Pilot autonomous driving mode. Then you have the ambient lighting inside and out provide a visual signature that make the I.D. Buzz unmistakable and timeless. More than two dozen jurors participated in the selection process of the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Twenty vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season's auto shows in LA, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York, were judged. The four award categories included: “Production Preview Vehicle,” “Concept Car,” “Concept Truck,” and “Most Significant Concept Vehicle.” The I.D. Buzz beat out other finalists in the “Concept Truck” category, which assessed vehicles with the primary attributes of user-configurable cargo volume and weight capacity. “Most Significant Concept Vehicle” is chosen from among winners of the three other categories and is determined by the car with the highest total score. Given this is the second time the I.D. Buzz has been awarded, I suspect there may be a good chance to see this on the road in the not too distant future. On a personal basis, I cannot wait to drive this beauty!