VW's Beetle-Based E-Bugster Concept

2012 Detroit Auto Show


  • Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept – 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    VW’s Beetle-based E-Bugster Concept is a pure electric concept with a range between charges of more than 100 miles and debuted today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. | January 09, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • 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.

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