The Volkswagen ID. BUGGY concept car – an electric dune buggy – has been presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
The ID. BUGGY has a high-voltage battery integrated in the floor of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) chassis. This lithium ion rechargeable battery supplies the electricity for the ID. BUGGY’s 150 kW/204 PS electric drive motor in the rear. An additional electric motor in the front axle is also possible in order to provide all-wheel drive with an ‘electric propshaft’.
Because there’s no fixed roof or doors, the minimalist design of the interior has waterproof materials. The concept car is a pure 2 seater; however, the ID. BUGGY can also be converted to a 2+2 seater.
The composite body manufactured from a mixture of aluminium, steel and plastic is self-supporting. Thanks to the modular design, the upper body can be detached from the MEB chassis.
The Californian dune buggies of the sixties featured a high degree of modular variability – based on the chassis of the Beetle, with a four-cylinder boxer engine at the rear, with small series manufacturers stretching a cover made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) over the chassis and engine of the Beetle.
Volkswagen is opening up the ID. BUGGY to external producers with the offer that they can build a zero emission dune buggy based on this concept. Volkswagen also announced at the beginning of 2019 that it intended to also make the MEB accessible to competitors as an electric vehicle platform.
The new ID. BUGGY is the fifth concept car based on the MEB – Volkswagen also has a range of other electric vehicle concepts comprised of the ID. (compact class), ID. BUZZ (van), ID. CROZZ (SUV) and ID. VIZZION (saloon).