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