Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Volkswagen's Electric 'Dune Buggy' Really Is Happening

Volkswagen's Electric 'Dune Buggy' Really Is Happening

Tearing himself away from an admiring crowd of bikini-clad, sufboard-toting beach babes, VW design head Klaus Bischoff explained: "A buggy is more than a vehicle".

Volkswagen wants to demonstrate the flexibility of the MEB platform that will be used for a large variety of upcoming electric models, but we wouldn't bet money on the dune buggy being among the first EVs to come stateside - this appears to be purely a design exercise that showcases Wolfsburg's electric platform and the MEB platform's suitability to low-volume cars.

Along with two other retro-styled models, the ID Buzz microbus and a rumored electric reincarnation of the original Beetle-only with four doors-the dune buggy concept is created to bring attention to VW's new lineup of electric cars.

"The new MEB concept vehicle shows that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models", Volkswagen said. Actually, lots of curious things were taking place back then, but in the vehicle world, people were yanking the exterior bits off Volkswagen Beetles and replacing them with open-air, barebones bodies.

"A buggy is more than a vehicle".

VW beach buggies became famous in the 1960s and '70s as fiberglass-bodied independent conversion kits based on shortened floorpans of original Beetles.

There is no word on whether or not the auto will be going into production yet but this is likely to be confirmed in Geneva. "It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels", says VW's head designer Klaus Bischoff. The chassis is a kind-of skateboard that contains the motors and batteries, freeing up passenger space and theoretically enabling VW to stick basically any body they like on top of it, everything from a hatchback to a crossover and, as they're keen to show at the Geneva, a beach buggy.

Volkswagen's 21st-century dune buggy will make its debut on March 5.

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