VW's Beetle-Based E-Bugster Concept
2012 Detroit Auto Show
- A pure electric concept, the VW E-Bugster shares its driveline with the upcoming Golf Blue-e-motion.
- The jaunty two-seater features an 85kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
- Range between charges is more than 100 miles.
DETROIT — Volkswagen's E-Bugster is a pure electric concept based on the Beetle, but revamped to run solely on battery power.
The jaunty two-seater features an 85kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, similar to the drive system that will power the upcoming VW Golf Blue-e-motion, and produces 199 pound-feet of torque.
The battery is charged via a connector under the VW logo on the hood that can accommodate everything from a household current to a quick-charge commercial unit. Range between charges is more than 100 miles.
The concept gets a lower roofline, shallow windows and a wide, flat windshield, as well as LED daytime running lamps.
The cockpit features EV-specific gauges, including an energy-consumption display, a driving range indicator, a display with the battery's state of charge and a display that indicates the intensity of battery regeneration.
Edmunds.com says: A hipper, greener Beetle for the 21st century.