Car Magazine is turning the spotlight on VW’s new concept convertible, also showing in Beijing.
This two-seater speedster houses an 85kW electric drive system, similar to the 2013 Blue-e-motion electric Golf. The reason for the Beetle being two-seat is that the lithium-ion batteries need somewhere to sit: behind the front seats. A little troubling, but they do provide a 112 mile range, can be fast-charged in just 35 minutes (at conventional AC plug/or a fast-charge DC charging station) and the performance isn’t too bad either: 0-60 in just over 10 seconds.
The E-Bugster is 90mm lower than the conventional Beetle, around 1400mm above the road, to create that eye-catching stretched aesthetic. The look, and the green credentials aren’t cheap, however: the E-Bugster is expected to come in at somewhere over £30k.