After Nearly 50 Years, the Dune Buggy Returns as an EV!
In the 1960s, the Dune Buggy won much popularity amongst surfers in the California area. So much popularity that even today, there are still many fans of the Dune Buggy. Following on that concept, the Dune Buggy has returned, after a break of 50 years, as an EV.
The EV-style Dune Buggy is known as the ID.BUGGY, and it was unveiled as a concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. With a shape that looks as if it has been carved from a single massive object, it boasts a uniquely beach buggy-like design featuring no doors or roof. The seat material and paint is designed to stand up to use in coastal areas, and the interior is naturally made to waterproof specs. Also, the driver’s seat incorporates a digital cockpit, a system which allows you to perform basic operations by touch.
Just as the original buggy from the 60s reconfigured a Volkswagen Beetle-based body shell base, the upper half of the ID.BUGGY can be removed from its chassis, allowing the chassis to be combined with other parts as you please. Just as Volkswagen themselves say “This is a clear proposition to small-scale manufacturers and start-ups”, it also opens the door to the creation of customized versions like the Mayers Manx, which has gathered enough popularity to be considered a byword for Dune Buggy.
The ID.BUGGY is powered by a rear-installed motor with a maximum output of 204ps and a maximum torque of 31.6kgm. It goes from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 160km/h, with a continuous drive distance of 250km. Not only that, but it is supplied with electricity via a secondary lithium ion battery which can be charged up to 80% in only 30 minutes, a feat which can be considered revolutionary.
Unfortunately, Dune Buggy is not available for sale, but maybe a revival is on the horizon for the formerly popular vehicle in the form of an EV like the ID.BUGGY which deftly harmonizes nostalgia with novelty.