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Volkswagen E-Bugster

Volkswagen E-Bugster concept car

The two-seat electric Volkswagen E-Bugster concept has been revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

An electric motor provides 85 kWh of power, which can propel it from 0 to 60 mph in 10.9 seconds, and it offers a range of at least 110 miles from the 28.3 kWh lithium-ion batteries.

If the E-Bugster needs a top-up, a fast-charging function allows complete recharging in just 35 minutes.

The quick charging is possible thanks to a new Combined Charging System that was developed in co-operation with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Ford and General Motors/Opel. This allows charging via single-phase AC sources (for example a 120-Volt US or 230-Volt European domestic outlet) or via ultra-fast DC sources at specific charging stations. To succeed, this will require the development of a uniform industry standard for sockets and plugs and also for the charge controller, so that all charging types can be handled.

As soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, kinetic energy is transformed into electricity and stored in the battery, and applying the brakes increases the intensity of regeneration.

The E-Bugster is the same length as a standard Beetle but 30 mm wider, while the new roof lowers the height by around 90 mm.

The E-Bugster takes some inspiration from the Ragster concept that made its debut at the 2005 Detroit Show, and which itself inspired the current Beetle.

The E-Bugster is only a concept at this stage, but the petrol-powered production Beetle is available to order now, with first deliveries due in April.