One of the most sought-after concepts at this year’s North American International Auto Show is the all-electric Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept, based on the New Beetle Ragster Concept that VW showcased at the same Detroit’s event in 2006. The model is powered by an electric motor producing 114 hp and 269 Nm (199 ft-lb) of peak torque, and fed by a 315 kg lithium-ion battery package stored under trunk floor and rear seats. The charging port is located under the VW logo at the front, and is compatible with all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and Level 3 (quick charge), through which 80% charge can be reached in just 30 minutes. The model is credited with a range of 160 km (100 miles)
Aesthetically, the E-Bugster is also a pretty interesting evolution of the classic Beetle design, with an upper body featuring a low, flat roof (E-Bugster’s roofline is nearly 3″ lower than the Beetle’s) and no rear windows, LED daytime running lights integrated in the front bumper that form a quite captivating graphic effect (mirrored by the reflectors on the rear) and 20″ alloys that remind us of the old Beetle of the 70s/80s. In the cabin we have a white leather-dominated interior, but the only significant change in comparison to the usual Beetle’s layout is the revised instrumentation.
By clicking on the links below you can access E-Bugster’s official photo gallery released by VW and some shots our friends from Autoblog.it has taken right at VW’s booth in Detroit. To find out more about the new Beetle, check out the official Press Release after the jump.