It is bringing back the legendary American dune buggies from the 60s and is turning them into a fully electric concept vehicle fit for modern times. Just like the MQB platform that now forms the underpinnings of anything from a hatchback to a premium sedan, MEB is just as flexible.
Like the original vehicles from the 1960s and 70s, the new concept rolls on large wheels and chunky tires, and requires the driver and buddies to hop over the bodywork to take their seats - no doors here.
Those are also the same points Volkswagen wants to make with its modular electric drive matrix or MEB.
As for the current Beetle, which is a much more conventional vehicle, it will be discontinued at the end of the 2019 model year, but VW hasn't ruled out the chance that something like it will come buzzing along on the MEB chassis in the future.
Volkswagen wants its modular auto platform to become "a standard not only for the VW group", Michael Jost told the paper. 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, Volkswagen's head of design, in a statement. But whether the German giant will put this electric buggy concept into production remains to be seen. At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based company will reveal the first fully electric version of a new dune buggy.
The true objective of developing this concept buggy, however, was to demonstrate the flexibility of the MEB platform which can be used for both large-scale series production models as well as for low-volume niche series just like the Beetle chassis from our memories.