Volkswagen brings two modified ID.4 to SEMA 2022
This year, Volkswagen unveiled two ID.4-based concepts at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas, including one it calls a “Mobile Drone Response Vehicle.” The ID.4 Drone Command Concept shows what vehicles entering service with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will actually look like, just an ID.4 with a large roof rack designed to carry and launch large drones.
The vehicle is based on an ID.4 AWD Pro S and will be used by TVA, a federally owned utility, for a year-long trial to see if it can deliver the required performance. TVA has announced plans to transition its fleet of sedans and SUVs to electric vehicles by 2030, and the ID.4 drone command vehicle is a step in that direction.
Another ID.4-based concept at SEMA 2022 is the ID.4 Accessories show car, which features “versatile lifestyle elements” such as a Thule basket on the roof, a high-mounted bike rack and even mudguards. And if the vehicle is positioned slightly differently compared to the production vehicle, then thanks to wheel spacers from H&R, which push the wheels outwards by a few millimeters on each side.
These concepts aren’t nearly as extreme as the Evs that other manufacturers brought to SEMA this year. For example, Nissan showed off a 1987 Sunny restomod and EV swap with a Leaf motor, as well as a rather unusual-looking Ariya Surfwagon Woodie with teal wheels and two surfboards on the roof.
Mopar from Stellantis brought along a pretty cool Jeep CJ that featured an electric crate motor and battery pack in place of the vehicle’s old internal combustion engine.
To be honest, we’re surprised that Volkswagen didn’t show any concepts based on ID Buzz at the show this year. The press release doesn’t mention Buzz showcars either, so we’re hoping the manufacturer might use its new electric bus for some cool, one-of-a-kind showcars next year – it was certainly a missed opportunity this year.