2012 Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 27 July 2012 , 10:07:47 byAlina

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Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept

German carmaker Volkswagen developed the all-electric E-Bugster Concept a model tested on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The specialists were quite cautious and so their condition was to drive the car with less than 20 mph. The model was revealed for the first time at before 2012 Detroit Auto Show when the carmaker offered us some information and pictures of the car. A few months later, the Germans revealed it at the Beijing Motor Show. It is no surprise to anyone that the E-Bugster Concept is just a preview of the next-generation Beetle convertible that is expected to be officially revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a few months. Under the hood it hides an 85 kW electric motor that drive the front wheels using a single-speed transmission.

The model also receives energy from a 695-pound lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 28.3 kWh. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds and offers a range of 180 km in a city cycle. The engineers have electronically limited the top speed to 30 km/h. In addition, the drive-by-wire throttle had been remapped. The digital outside temperature gauge and a state-of-charge display are located at the center of the dashboard and all other controls, from the blinkers to the headlights are rather conventional. The start button activates the drive system which powers everything up and starts the light show. Different specialists expect to see on the next-generation Beetle a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that sends the power to the wheels through a 6-speed manual or DCT. Of course, nothing is for sure, but we have plenty of time to suppose how will the future Beetle will be like.