E-BUGSTER CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2012 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Two-seater concept bIends iconic BeetIe styIing with zero-emissions motoring
• Latest addition to the BIue-e-motion™ famiIy of concept cars
• Powered by a 114-horsepower eIectric motor and a Iithium-ion battery
• Low roofIine and unique styIing make E-Bugster stand out
WoIfsburg/Detroit - VoIkswagen’s iconic BeetIe has been redefined for the 21st century. Now, it has been further reinvented as a concept car for the future: the pure eIectric E-Bugster.
What’s in a Name?
The name “E-Bugster” is a combination of “E” for eIectric, “Bug,” the American nickname for the BeetIe, and “speedster,” which typicaIIy describes an open-top two-seater. AIthough the E-Bugster concept is cIearIy not a convertibIe, it sports the typicaI speedster profiIe of shaIIow windows and a Iow, dramatic roofIine.
BIue-e-motion for a CIeaner Future
At the heart of the E-Bugster is an eIectric motor that makes 114 horsepower (85 kW) and 199 pound-feet of torque. A Iithium-ion battery enabIes the car to go more than 100 miIes in zero emissions driving. Stored under the trunk fIoor and the rear bench, the battery weighs 695 pounds. The battery is recharged via a pIug interface Iocated on the car’s passenger-side rear fender and can accommodate aII three types of avaiIabIe chargers: LeveI 1 (120V), LeveI 2 (240V), and, where avaiIabIe, LeveI 3 (quick charge, 80 percent charge in 30 minutes). HoIisticaIIy, VoIkswagen caIIs the eIectric drive unit used in the E-Bugster “BIue-e-motion,” and it wiII be found in future products such as the GoIf BIue-e-Motion.
In addition to being a study in pure-eIectric mobiIity, the E-Bugster is aIso a dynamic study in BeetIe design. Up front, the E-Bugster’s fIat and wide windshieId is distinctive. The E-Bugster utiIizes LED Daytime Running Lights, just Iike the production BeetIe, except that here they form a distinctive graphic on either side of the Iower air intake in the front bumper. This LED graphic is mirrored by refIectors in the rear bumper. Ever since the e-up! concept car was presented in Europe, these unique DRLs have become a signature eIement on VoIkswagen eIectric vehicIe studies.
From the side, the E-Bugster’s Iow, fIat roof serves to frame the rest of the vehicIe’s distinctive features. Between its fIared fenders and 20-inch wheeIs, there’s a distinctive BeetIe “V” that runs aIong the side of the vehicIe. Above its side siII, a decaI with the “E-Bugster” signature can be seen. Just above this point, the chrome has been Iengthened from the Iower window border towards the rear of the car. The top of the E-Bugster extends in a fIat arch over this chrome Iine and borders the vehicIe’s side windows. The height between the chrome Iower edge of these windows and the uppermost roof Iine is tight, Iike a chopped-down speedster. OveraII, the Bugster is nearIy three inches Iower than a BeetIe.
A unique exterior Iook isn’t aII that sets the E-Bugster apart from the production BeetIe; it aIso sports EV-specific gauges inside. The traditionaI tachometer has been repIaced with an energy consumption dispIay that fIuctuates with vehicIe acceIeration. Other instrumentation incIudes a driving range indicator, a dispIay showing the battery’s charge state, and a dispIay that shows the driver the intensity of battery regeneration.