vw e-bugster

Volkwsagen E-Bugster makes debut at North American International Auto Show

If you have been waiting for Volkswagen to combine the Beetle with Electricity, your wait is over. Today at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Volkswagen debut the new “E-Bugster” concept.

The name E-Bugster is fairly straightforward. The is for “E” for electric, and “Bug” is the American nickname for the Beetle. Then Volkswagen threw in “speedster,” which typically describes an open-top two-seater and also because that sounds a lot cooler. However, the E-Bugster concept is not a convertible, it sports the typical speedster profile of shallow windows and a low, dramatic roofline.

What's under the hood of the E-Bugster? Well you won't find any gas powered engine, that's for sure. What you will find is an all-electric motor producing 114 horsepower (85 kW) and 199 pound-feet of torque. It is equipped with A lithium-ion battery that enables the car to go more than 100 miles on a charge. The battery is stored under the trunk floor and rear seat and weighs around 695 pounds.

The battery is recharged via a plug interface located underneath the hood’s VW logo and can accommodate all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and, where available, Level 3 (quick charge, 80 percent charge in 30 minutes).

The catchy name for this E-Bugster electric setup is “Blue-e-motion,” and it will be found in future products such as the Golf Blue-e-Motion.


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This thing looks slick! I want one!