VW to showcase electric buggy concept at Geneva

Volkswagen is set to unveil a new concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with the return of the famous dune buggy - but this time it's electric.

The concept is based on VW's MEB modular architecture designed for electric vehicles. As such, the core components will be used on other models, such as the ID. family, confirmed for production.

VW is keen to promote its long heritage of creating fun vehicles, with the ID. Buzz due in the next few years having more than a hint of the famous Samba Bus to its design. The electric buggy will continue this work, and could potentially point the way forward for ID. products aimed at younger buyers.

With no fixed roof or conventional doors, the concept also features off-road tyres and wheels pushed out to the corners of the car, to capture some of the original dune buggy's nature.

Although nothing has been said about a full production model, and with an emphasis on 'concept', VW has said that 'the new MEB concept vehicle shows that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models.

'Like the Beetle chassis of yesteryear, the modular electric drive matrix has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche series'

The concept is due to be unveiled on 5th March at the Geneva Motor Show, where NGC will be covering events.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:31st Jan 2019

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