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Volkswagen bringing ID. BUGGY electric dune buggy concept to New York show

Volkswagen is bringing the electric Volkswagen ID. BUGGY concept—unveiled in Geneva earlier this year (earlier post)—to the New York auto show.

With a minimalistic design with no roof, no doors, and a weatherproof interior, the 2-seater ID. BUGGY shows the versatility of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). The MEB chassis integrates a 62 kWh lithium-ion battery into the floor and a 201-horsepower electric motor in the rear to give it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle.

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The zero-emissions drivetrain of the ID. BUGGY is made up of the electric motor integrated in the rear axle, power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space, and the additional units integrated in the vehicle front end.

The electric motor delivers 201 horsepower and maximum torque of 228 lb-ft from standstill. This means that the electric vehicle always provides enough power on the rear axle, even off-road. The concept car sprints from zero to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically controlled at 99 mph.

As an alternative to the rear-wheel-drive layout, it is also possible to fit a second electric motor in the front axle of the ID. BUGGY. In this case, an electric propshaft would distribute the power of the 4Motion four-wheel drive between the front and rear axles in fractions of a second.

Regardless of rear drive or four-wheel drive, power electronics control the high-voltage energy flow between the engine and battery. The power electronics convert direct current (DC) stored in the battery into alternating current (AC). The on-board electronics are supplied with 12V via a DC/DC converter. The position of the battery in the vehicle floor gives ID. BUGGY a lower center of gravity for better handling.

Comments

HarveyD

An expensive but clean running toy?

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