After announcing plans of creating a new electric microbus last fall, German automaker Volkswagen has now revealed its latest concept with an electric dune buggy vehicle, a modern take of the iconic American dune buggies that were prominent in the ’60s and ’70s.
The concept dune buggy vehicle is based on the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, Volkswagen’s forthcoming range of electric vehicles, and it’s constructed from modified parts taken from Volkswagen Beetles.
While a glimpse of the model is only provided, the new dune buggy does not incorporate a fixed roof or doors, and it maintains the signature oversized off-road tires and open sides. “A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels,” said Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen, in a press release. “These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look.”
The company also said that it created the electric dune buggy concept to show that a “fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models,” and that it can also create the growth of “low-volume niche vehicles.”
Volkswagen’s new electric dune buggy will be officially unveiled at the International Geneva Motor Show beginning March 7. Head on over to Volkswagen’s official website now for more details.