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VW returns beach buggy – with battery

Wolfsburg. Anyone who has spent some time on the coast, especially in the past days, is familiar with the buggy on the beach – or the buggy for the dunes, as is known in other parts of the world.

In essence, this is a Beetle chassis and fiberglass body that freed your spirit from the boredom of everyday driving (as well as the anxiety you might have about sea air and corrosion), these strollers were popular among the crowd of surfers in many parts of the world including in South Africa.

Now Volkswagen wants to benefit from this nostalgia, as it did with the millennium beetle, and just as it would with the production version Id buzz A concept that translates all these vibrations of a Kombi hippie into a futuristic electric car package.

The same can be said about the new concept car with a buggy, which Volkswagen will demonstrate at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

Although it has not yet been confirmed for production, Volkswagen created it to show that its future MEB platform for all-electric vehicles is flexible enough to accommodate smaller-volume niche vehicles such as this – so we suspect that in the end he will get the green light if the public is excited enough by the show machine.

As in the case of wheelchairs of the 60s and 70s, the modern concept has open side sills and the absence of a fixed roof or doors, although there is a large targa-style crossbeam to protect passengers who misjudge the topography of the dunes. Large wheels with off-road tires were also added for good measure.

“Buggy is more than a car. This is vibration and energy on four wheels, ”says VW chief designer Klaus Bischoff.

"These attributes are embodied in the new electronic buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of the classics and, most of all, the emotional connection that electric mobility can create."

About how much energy it produces, there is not a word, but, given the abundance of instant torque offered by modern electric motors, the performance should be more than decent.

If he ever reaches production, the buggy will become part of a large family of electric cars that should start working with a new hatchback the size of a Golf in 2020, followed by a modern crossover, combi-style MPV and possibly a sedan.

These three concept cars give us an idea of ​​what the future lineup of Volkswagen electric cars will look like.

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