The dune buggy, an icon of the 1960s, is coming back this March and it will be right up to date technically while retaining the original appearance. Volkswagen has created an electrically-powered vehicle which is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is.

“A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen.

The Dune Buggy was a popular recreational vehicle and even used for desert races in California. On the right is a typical vehicle built on a Beetle chassis.

The concept of the fully electric buggy is based on the vehicles that were created in the 1960s in California. Back then, the Beetle chassis served as the basis for these buggies; now, the MEB is proving to be just as flexible. The new MEB concept vehicle shows that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just high-volume production models. Like the Beetle chassis of yesteryear, the MEB has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles.

True to the original vehicles, this reinterpretation of a dune buggy has no fixed roof or conventional doors, while the large wheels and off-road tyres and open side sills dominate the overall look. It will be unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in March.

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