Status: 10.12.2023, 05:32 a.m.
By: Sebastian Oppenheimer
Electric cars will also be an issue for the police in the future: The tuner Irmscher shows what a VW ID.Buzz could look like as a patrol vehicle.
The police are also testing electric cars in this country – but there are very special requirements for daily use. Among other things, there should be enough storage space – which excludes, for example, a Citroën Ami, as it is used on a Greek island. Station wagons and vans, on the other hand, are in demand as emergency vehicles. Perhaps Volkswagen's all-electric ID.Buzz would also be an option. A tuner now shows what a police version of the e-van could look like.
The police-themed VW ID.Buzz shown at the Essen Motor Show 2023 comes from Irmscher – best known to many as the Opel tuner – and is part of the "Tune it! Safe!". Every year, a tuner presents a very special police vehicle at the fair. Last year, for example, AC Schnitzer turned a BMW i4 into a patrol car, and in 2021, Techart converted a Porsche 911 Targa into a police car. For the first time, a van was the focus of the campaign.
This VW ID.Buzz in police look was shown at the Essen Motor Show. © Tune it Safe/Irmscher
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Top speed 145 km/h: Police electric van more suitable for potential city use
With a top speed of 145 km/h, the E-Bulli is probably less suitable for hunting down motorway speeders. However, the range, which is specified as 416 to 572 kilometres according to the WLTP cycle, should be sufficient for use in the city. However, this one-of-a-kind piece is all about the look. Among other things, Irmscher has equipped the Bulli with an aerodynamic package consisting of a front lip, rear apron, side skirts and roof spoiler.
A suspension spring set lowers the ID.Buzz on the front axle and rear axle by about 25 to 30 mm. The police e-van is mounted on Irmscher wheels in the HydraStar design, which are completely black. On the front axle, the wheels are mounted in the dimensions 8 × 20 inches, while at the rear rims in the size 9.5 × 20 inches are used. The actual police look is provided by a corresponding foil from Foliatec and a "blue light system" from Hänsch.
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The idea behind the "Tune it! Safe!" campaign, which is supported by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), the ADAC, the AvD (Automobile Club of Germany) and TÜV Süd, among others, consists of showing that appealing tuning does not have to contradict the legal requirements.