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Volkswagen to Debut E-Buggy


By Coleman Molnar –

The bug is back. But before you go reaching for the DEET or that electrified badminton racket thing, know that it’s the exciting electric dune-buggy kind of “bug.”

OK, you’re informed. Squash it if you will.

Volkswagen has confirmed it will be debuting a brand new all-electric beach buggy concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

We saw a basic “rendering” of the vehicle back in December when VW shipped a Christmas card featuring Santa cruising along in the buggy.

And now the German company is doling out another small taste of the concept, which pays homage to the classic beach crawling buggies of the ’60s and ’70s.

“A buggy is more than a car,” said Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen. “It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create.”

The e-buggy – the closest thing we’ve got to a name at this point – will be based on the same MEB drivetrain shared by the I.D. concepts, replacing the Beetle-chassis bases of the traditional ’60s buggies. VW says the MEB platform will provide a similarly customizable base for other one-off vehicles, only electric.

Also like the Cali OGs, the e-bug will get open sills, big off-road tires and will be built sans conventional doors or a fixed roof.

Not scared of bugs? The concept buggy will be debuted in March.


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