VW ID Buggy And ID Ruggdzz Won’t Make It To Production
A production version of the Volkswagen ID Buggy always seemed like a dubious prospect because it was such a niche product. Now, VW CEO Brandstätter has confirmed that the rugged model wasn't happening. “No, we won’t do this car. We had a partner, but in the end, it didn’t work out,” Brandstätter told Autocar.
The ID Buggy concept debuted in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. Its retro shape used styling cues from the VW-Beetle-based Meyers Manx kit cars debuting in the 1960s.
The Buggy concept used two electric motors (one powering each axle) making a total of 201 bhp (149 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-metres) of torque. A 62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery provided an estimated 155-mile (249-kilometre) range.
VW intended to partner with the German company e.Go Mobile to build the Buggy as a low-volume, niche vehicle. However, e.Go Mobile went into bankruptcy, which ended plans for the collaboration. When the project died, VW began brainstorming a more mainstream, yet still off-road-oriented, electric crossover. It tentatively went under the name Ruggdzz, and the company was planning for a 2023 launch. The execs have now pushed back this undertaking, too.
Published: Chris Bruce
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