Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I.D. Buzz MEB Platform Concept Van by Volkswagen (VW). And some on ID and ID

Just loving seeing videos about VW's functional concept van cruising around Venice California.

What a family minivan, or family maxi-van? Good for snow with AWD too. And so much safer than the old microbus.

Here's the best media I could find from somewhat independent sources.

A long and grooving review by Jonny Smith of Fully Charged, Including the I.D. and I.D. Crozz

Specifically this scene "Luke I am your father" with an old split screen bus tagging along behind.

Here's an article showing the different seating configurations Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept is the world’s first fully autonomous MPVThe electric multi-purpose vehicle provides seating for up to eight people and has two luggage compartments.

I WANT ONE. Long range, peppy, heads-up display, safe, fantastic visibility like my old 2002 Subaru Forester, colossal hatchback.

Should I save now for 2022? Or get a Tesla Model 3 in 2020 when I pay off my school loans? And what about the slew of new electric cars descending upon us in the next four years. 

I don't know if I'd use it for camping and such as much as I think. And I'd inevitably end up having to shuttle around all my kid's friends because I'd have the room and cool factor. But it would be able to do my short commute in Vermont with AWD and with our Toyota Corolla for around town and trips with two kids in the back. Would we drive more with an I.D. Buzz...and do I want to drive more anyway? The good part is that on drives it would be easy to stop for short hikes, healthy lunches, naps, and impromptu camping stops. And as a sort of guest house if we got curtains.

I think thinking about buying one will be a lot cheaper than buying one. I might stop there because it will cost more than my usual configuration for our family of four of a used Subaru Forester and Toyota Corolla.

Here are a couple of articles on how much it might cost, between $45,000.00 and $70,000.00 seems to be the thinking.

Top Gear: We go driving (and surfing) in the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz. VW has confirmed I.D. Buzz production. Time to check how capable the Microbus is. 

Automobile Magazine: First Drive: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept. Buzzed driving, in this case, is fun driving

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Older Papa Prepper Survivalist Novice Gear List

My plan: Grab gear and head to New Boston. Gather folks. Cut all trees within 1500 yards. Take shifts on patrol in Ghillie Suits. Put hand crank on well and wood stove in kitchen. Make house look abandoned.

My existing gear, most of which is for camping, power outages, and winter driving. 
  1. Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter with Compass and Whistle: Link:
  2. Buck knife
  3. Boyscout manual
  4. Wool blankets in car
  5. Old but oiled 22 caliber long rifle hunting rifle with scope. Old 12 gauge shot gun. 
  6. Headlamps
  7. Potable Aqua Water Purification Treatment (50 Tablets) - Portable Emergency Drinking Water and Water for CampingLink:
  8. Cynergy Lifelight All-in-One Waterproof Emergency Crank Flashlight complete with Wind Up Rechargeable LED lights, Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter, Compass, USB Cell Phone Charger, and Red Light FlasherLink:
  9. RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio For Emergency with AM/FM, Flashlight, Reading Lamp And 2000mAh Power Bank 
  10. First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case with Zipper, 299-Piece KitLink:
What I'd like to get if had more very disposable income
  • SAS Tactical Survival Bow by Survival Archery Systems Link:
  • Ghost Ghillie Suit™ by Arcturus Camo - Advanced 3D Camo by Arcturus Camo Link:
  • ULTIMATE MRE, 2018 and up Inspection Date Meals Ready-to-Eat, Case of 12 Genuine US Military Surplus with Western Frontier's Inspection and Guarantee. by Western Frontier Link:
  • (cook on any heat, and throw at zombies) Lodge L12DO3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Iron Cover, Pre-Seasoned, 9-Quart Link:

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