Would you buy this all-electric dune buggy?
Fifty-five years after the Meyers Manx dune buggy came into existence, the Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept hits Pebble Beach. The two-seater, all-electric buggy made its off-road debut after making its first appearance in Geneva back in March. As with the rest of the ID. Series, Volkswagen built this buggy on the MEB platform, which also underpins the upcoming ID. 3 hatchback and ID. Crozz models.
Inspired by the original dune buggies from the 1960s, this model delivers 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque through a rear-mounted electric motor. That motor draws its power from a 62 kWh battery pack, allowing for 155 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. Volkswagen limits the ID. Buggy’s top speed to 99 mph, and claims it can hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
The Volkswagen ID. Buggy is just under 160 inches long, 74 inches wide and 58 inches tall. It also sports 9.4 inches (240 millimeters of ground clearance), as well as a set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. VW’s current concept is a two-seater, although it looks like the buggy is large enough for two extra seats.
Electric VWs are coming soon
There is no firm date for when Volkswagen would put the ID. Buggy into production, if it builds the model at all. However, if they did it will likely be somewhere in the midst of all the other MEB-based vehicles coming in the next few years. The ID. 3 hatchback goes on sale this fall in Europe, but it’s not coming to the U.S. market. From there, we’ll see a model based on the ID. Crozz concept by late 2020. The ID. Roomzz full-size SUV will hit the Chinese market in 2021. Finally, Volkswagen will introduce the ID. Buzz and the ID. Vizzion sedan models in 2022.
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