Volkswagen E-Bugster concept hints at future of Beetle
|Greg Migliore is news editor at Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News.|
Combining electric power and a curvy two-seat configuration, the E-Bugster concept for the Detroit auto show offers a sporty, futuristic take on the Volkswagen Beetle.
The name blends "E" (for electric), "Bug" (for obvious reasons) and "speedster" to form the rather unusual moniker. The car is based on the latest edition of the Beetle, which launched in 2011.
While it's just a concept, the E-Bugster suggests future possibilities for VW's iconic car.
The electric powertrain is called "Blue e-motion," and it uses a 114-hp electric motor that runs on a lithium-ion battery stored under the floor. The battery weighs 695 pounds (316 kg), and range is expected to be more than 100 miles (170 km). It can be powered to 80 percent capability using a quick-charge method. The plug is located beneath the VW logo on the hood.