So volkswagon has just added another member to it I.D line, this time it an all-electric dune buggy with some 1960s California subculture flair.
The buggy showcases the the automaker’s modular electric drive toolkit chassis( the MEB). the modular design allows for some really cool features like the two-seater buggy can be converted to a 2+2-seater and an additional electric motor can be added to the front axle in order to make four-wheel drive possible( now isn’t that cool). That not all, the design also allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the MEB chassis, which VW argues will open up a “world of possibilities for third-party manufacturers, as the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.” The Meyers Manx kit was the creation of California engineer, boat builder and surfer Bruce Meyers who modified the original Volkswagen Beetle to make it suitable for desert racing.
The company claims that the buggy wagon comes with a 62kWh lithium-ion battery and a 201-horsepower electric motor in the rear to give it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle, it also has no doors or roof.
VW has been showing off it line of I.D’s for the past several years and some have even gone into production. Earlier this year the automakers planned on spending $800 million to expand a U.S. factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., that will produce the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. It was also reported that the company was building an European facility in Zwickau, Germany, set to begin EV production in 2019 and adding EV-production at facilities in Anting and Foshan, in China, in 2020, and in the German cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022.
All this factories will produce electric-vehicles using it all new MEB chasis, The company has said that it will offer the first EV based on the MEB platform to customers in 2020. Electric vehicle production at the Tennessee site will begin in 2022.
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