Dune Buggies were all the rage during the 1960s and through the 1980s, with the Volkswagen Beetle’s chassis being used for a vast majority. From the Beetle convertible to the Meyers Manx, from companies like Hebmuller and Rometsch, some 250,000 dune buggies were built either as one-offs or at low volumes. VW is revisiting that style with their new Dune Buggy Concept—only this time they’re going electric.
“A buggy is more than a car,” states Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer for Volkswagon. “It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodies by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create.”
The electric dune buggy uses Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), and proves that the system is more than just an electric drive. The concept vehicle is meant to prove that the MEB can be used for both large-scale and low-volume production projects, and it definitely does just that.
The buggy has no fixed roof and no conventional doors—just like its predecessors. Large wheels with off-road tires and open side sills finish off that dune buggy vibe. Volkswagen has produced a model of the buggy, which it will be showing at the Geneva Motor Show March 7-17.