Electric Sports Beetle Breaks Cover At Detroit
The E-Bugster uses the same 114bhp electric drivetrain as the Golf Blue-e-motion, which means 60mph in 10.9 seconds from a standing start and a range of 110 miles. Using a fast charger, the battery can be filled to capacity in 35 minutes, while unique dashboard displays show the driver how much energy is being used.
But the charging system itself is unique. The concept features a new Combined Charging System, developed with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Ford and General Motors, which standardises the control system for fast and trickle charging of the battery. Volkswagen said the parties involved are looking to introduce a new charging standard, which would make infrastructure developments cheaper and quicker.
The design is similar to the conventional Beetle, but like the Beetle Ragster concept of 2005 it features a 90mm lower roofline for a hot rod inspired silhouette. At each corner, 20-inch alloy wheels fill out arches which are 30mm wider than the standard car.
C-Shaped LED daytime running lights, a signature of Volkswagen’s electric vehicle concepts, mark out the front edges of the front bumper and an aluminium-accented interior with sports seats complete the E-Bugster’s character.
At present, the E-Bugster is only a concept car. Volkswagen said a production version had yet to be confirmed. But, as it shares the platform and drivetrain with the Golf, it wouldn’t be difficult for the carmaker to put the vehicle on sale.