Return of a Legend

ID. BUGGY is at once futuristic and retro. The MEB chassis integrates a 62kWh lithium-ion battery into the floor and a  201-horsepower electric motor in the rear to give it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle. The minimalistic design—no doors or roof on this two-seater—gives drivers the purest experience of classic beach cruising.

Like the dune buggies of the 60s, ID. BUGGY is versatile. All buggies from the 60s featured a high degree of modular variability—based on the chassis of the legendary Beetle with a four-cylinder boxer engine running at the rear. Small-series manufacturers stretched a body made of fibreglass over the chassis and engine of the Beetle, thus writing automotive history. The same versatility is possible with ID. BUGGY—while the ID. BUGGY concept car is a pure 2-seater; it can also be converted to a 2+2-seater and an additional electric motor could be added to the front axle to make a four-wheel drive possible. 

Exterior

Like the classic Beetle and Bus, ID. BUGGY has no need for a grille, and yet the summer cruiser is instantly recognizable as a Volkswagen. The prominently raised hood, fenders and tail end hint at the concept’s off-road chops, while three-dimensional oval LED headlights and taillights, an LED VW logo, and a body that seems to float above the chassis lend an air of approachability.

The floating effect is created by the use of two colours next to each other. The top half of the car—most notably the striking fenders and shoulders — is painted in matte fern green, while the bottom portion is painted in a textured grey tech blue. The green part visually floats above the dark blue area.

The reinforced windscreen frame and the Targa bar, which is also open at the side, provide rollover support. There are no doors and no roof, but a black tarp can be stretched between the windscreen frame and the Targa bar as a sun shield or as light weather protection. The open concept car is 160.0 in long, 74.4 in wide and 57.6 in high, featuring short front and rear overhangs (27.0 and 28.6 in respectively). The wheelbase is 104.3 in and ground clearance is 9.4 in.

Interior

The minimalist interior is characterised by easy handling and waterproof materials. The driver and passenger sit on seats with headrests and belt guides integrated into the backrests, while the floor plate is outfitted with anti-slip knobs. Despite the shortened wheelbase of the concept car, passengers have an unusually large amount of space. This open space always provides the room that is about one class above that of comparable cars with a conventional drivetrain.

The minimalistic cockpit has been designed to match the character and design of the ID. BUGGY. With the “Hey you” display in the cockpit, the concept car greets its driver and draws attention to the fact that it is ready for operation. A hexagonal steering wheel, covered with water-repellent Nappa leather, features touch controls in the crossbar, and a digital instrument cluster keeps the dash uncluttered.

Electric drive

The zero-emissions drivetrain of the ID. BUGGY is made up of the electric motor integrated into the rear axle, power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space, and the additional units integrated into the vehicle front end. The electric motor delivers 201 horsepower and maximum torque of 228 lb-ft from a standstill. This means that the electric vehicle always provides enough power on the rear axle, even off-road. With full acceleration on paved slopes, the concept car sprints from zero to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically controlled at 99 mph.

As an alternative to the rear-wheel-drive layout, it is also possible to fit a second electric motor in the front axle of the ID. BUGGY. In this case, an “electric prop shaft” would distribute the power of the 4Motion four-wheel-drive between the front and rear axles in fractions of a second. Regardless of rear drive or four-wheel drive, power electronics control the  high-voltage energy flow between the engine and battery.               

– Source: Press Release