VW E-Bugster Study Zooms into the Detroit Auto Show

If you liked Volkswagen’s approach with the new Beetle then chances are you’re going to give a thumbs up to the E-Bugster study that made its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show this week.

Wider, lower and sportier looking that the regular Beetle, the concept‘s name blends the words “E” (for electric), “Bug” and “speedster”. It’s closest relative is the similarly styled Ragster study back from 2005.

The strictly two seater model is propelled by an electric motor with a power output of 85 kW (114HP) and a lithium-ion battery that enables a minimum driving range of 180 km (112 miles) in zero emissions model.

The battery itself weight 695 pounds (315 kg) and is stored under the trunk floor and the rear bench. VW says that it can accommodate all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and Level 3 in which case an 80 percent charge can be achieved in 30 minutes.

The German company won’t tell us if it has any plans to produce a pure electric version of the Beetle, but the E-Bugster’s propulsion system will find its way in various future products including the already confirmed Golf Blue-e-Motion.

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