Volkswagen has reinvented the 1960s Beetle-based dune buggy with the electric ID Buggy – and is considering allowing small-scale manufacturers to produce their own versions of the machine.
The ID Buggy revives the spirit of the Meyers Manx dune buggy and is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture, which will first be put into production with the ID hatch later this year.
While production has yet to be confirmed, it is now being investigated, with low-volume, low-cost production start-up e.Go Mobile, which has become the first company to license the MEB platform for its own models, in the running to engineer and build the ID Buggy on behalf of VW, according to VW sales and marketing boss Jurgen Stackmann.
Stackmann also confirmed that the ID Buggy was “feasible as you see it” for production; “it’s not a show car, it’s pre-designed for readiness”, he added on the machine, which is not yet decided if it would wear a VW badge in production.
VW design chief Klaus Bischoff told Autocar the intent of the machine, which is described as "70% production ready" is to prove that electric cars can be fun. Stackmann said the design would be undertaken by VW, along with the supply of the hardware, while the engineering and production undertaken by e.Go Mobile.
The ID Buggy features a 202bhp, 228lb ft rear-mounted electric motor, offering 0-62mph in 7.2sec and a top speed of 99mph. Power comes from a 62kWh battery, giving a range of around 155 miles on the WLTP cycle.