The original sub-compact is coming back in a big way this year. Following a complete re-design and the introduction of the Turbo variant, the Volkswagen Beetle is going electric with the E-Bugster.
So far a mere concept vehicle in Volkswagen’s ambitious Blue-e-motion line, the E-Bugster will house an electric motor capable of generating 114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Underneath its trunk and rear seats, a lithium-ion battery pushes the car to a range of 100 miles. And when a charge is in need, simply pop the VW logo on the hood and plug-in. Suitable for a 120V, a 240V, and a quick charge, 80% in 30 minutes, designers also “streamlined” the VW Beetle silhouette to a lower profile for greater efficiency. Plenty of LED usages on the its exterior lighting scheme, including a TRON-like blueish outline feature, the E-Bugster still has a hot rod/speedster flair with the chrome-out 20-inch wheels and drop-top.
No words on the exact production plan but with a fury of hybrid vehicles set to launch in the next few years and tougher emission rules in the U.S. and Europe, an off-shoot of the E-Bugster will most likely see the open roads in the next few years. Additional images via: Autoblog