One of the most anticipated reveals coming out of the Detroit Auto Show was Volkswagen's newest concept EV, which was rumored to be Beetle-inspired, and the cat is now out of the bag! We were on the scene this morning as the new electric VW Beetle design - called the E-Bugster - was officially revealed and while its curvy top is definitely reminiscent of the Bug (er Beetle), it's got a slightly more svelte shape that gives it extra sex appeal. Check out our exclusive pics of this hot green concept ride and more details after the jump.
We asked Volkswagon representatives about the quirky moniker (our suggestion; drop the “E”) – apparently the design is meant to be an electric roadster version of the iconic VW Beetle (or what Americans nicknamed the “VW Bug”). Bug + Roadster + Electric = E-Buster, apparently! Funny name aside, the E-Bugster is decidedly cute and definitely an appealing concept for a sporty, fun electric vehicle.
According to Volkswagen, the new E-Bugster concept sports an 114-horsepower (85 kW) electric motor and 695-pound lithium-ion battery, which when combined boasts a 100-mile driving range. The car will also be able to charge in a number of different ways, one of which is a Level 3 quick charger that can juice the battery up to 80 percent in about half an hour.
The E-Bugster also has some sweet aesthetic perks that might convince those who aren’t swayed by its electric motor. In addition to Volkswagen’s signature LED headlights, the E-Bug (if it ever makes it to the market) will have 20 inch rims and an integrated tablet PC.