Bee­tle power

Element - - Clean Technology -

Re­mem­ber that dis­tinc­tive sound made by the Volk­swagon Bee­tle back in the day? Well, it’s well and truly done for now, with the un­veil­ing of the E-bug­ster, VW’S all-elec­tric ver­sion of their au­to­mo­tive clas­sic. Launched at the re­cent Detroit auto show, the E-bug­ster es­chews prac­ti­cal­ity. It’s a two seater, with the bat­tery where the rear seats should be. But it also ex­udes a cer­tain Je ne sais quoi, with a flashy dis­play of LED lights and 85kwh of power which has it mov­ing along with its petrol con­tem­po­raries. Best of all, it can be fully recharged in just 35 min­utes and will run for al­most 180 km. VW is keep­ing quiet on whether a pro­duc­tion elec­tric bee­tle is to hit the mar­ket.

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