/2012 NAIAS: Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept

2012 NAIAS: Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept

Volkswagen E Bugster 1 at 2012 NAIAS: Volkswagen E Bugster Concept

Volkswagen has turned up at Detroit Motor Show with a very interesting concept car based o the Beetle, called the E-Bugster.

As the name suggests, the E-Bugster is an electric version of the Beetle hinting at a possible production model in future.

As a general rule, the electric version of any production car is usually 30 or 40 percent uglier. But that’s just not the case with the E-Bugster. It looks much better than the standard Beetle, what with chopped up roof which is three inches lower, flared arches, 20-inch rims, and sporty bumpers with unique LED lights. We wish the production Beetle could look more like this.

As for the technicalities, the E-Bugster has a bot full of lithium-ion battery that power a 114 hp electric motor. Theoretically, the performance should be good as the motor makes a fairly remarkable 199 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen says it offers a range of 100 miles (160 km) on full charge. Recharging it, like every other EV around, is a tedious task that takes many hours. However, with a quick charger you can get it up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

That said, using a quick charger will wear the batteries out more quickly.

Volkswagen E Bugster 2 at 2012 NAIAS: Volkswagen E Bugster Concept

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