Vw E-Bugster Speedster Concept previews the Beetle Convertible

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 21, 2012

As we told you in this post, Volkswagen unveiled the E-Bugster Speedster, a concept that not only previews the convertible version of the Beetle but also a plug-in version of the same model. According to the German manufacturer, the car carries a central electric module with an innovative design that weighs just 80 kg.

The energy that powers the electric motor is stored in a lithium-ion battery whose modules are found behind the front seats. The battery’s energy capacity of 28.3 kWh and is able to offer a range of at least 180 km in the urban world. Thanks to Volkswagen’s quick charging function, the battery can be recharged within 35 minutes at suitable charging stations. At home, the battery of the E-Bugster can also be charged from a conventional electric outlet.

The electric motor delivers a total output of 85 kW or 114 hp, enough to propel the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds. Just how much energy the driver of the E-Bugster is requesting with the ‘electric pedal’ at any moment is shown in a power display.

The E-Bugster is fitted with an instrument that shows the driver the intensity of battery regeneration. The vehicle recovers energy using the braking system and as son as the driver’s foot leaves the accelerator pedal and/or brakes, kinetic energy is converted into electricity.

Regarding the design, the vehicle features a swept-back front end and a wide windscreen, but also a new set of LED headlights. Moreover, the car features a chrome strip of the lower window border towards the rear.

The design is completed by the 20-inch versions of the 18-inch Beetle ‘Twister’ wheels, wrapped in 235/35 R 20 tyres. The interior eeflects the high-tech equipment and dynamic performance seen at the exterior and features sport seats and a continuous centre tunnel in body colour as well as stylish steering wheel.

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