Remember the Volkswagen ID Buggy concept revealed back in March 2019? Well, the German firm has confirmed we won’t see a production model.
VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter told Autocar the company had abandoned its plans to build a series-production version of the little electric buggy.
“No, we won’t do this car. We had a partner, but in the end it didn’t work out,” Brandstätter said.
As Autocar points out, German company e.Go Mobile had initially agreed a deal with VW to build the vehicle but is now “battling bankruptcy proceedings”.
The concept featured a lithium-ion battery integrated into the floor, supplying power to a 150 kW electric motor sited at the rear. At the reveal, VW said an additional electric motor on the front axle was “also conceivable” in order to realise all-wheel drive with an “electric propshaft”.
Inspired by the Californian dune buggies of the 1960s, the ID Buggy concept does without a fixed roof and doors, while the minimalist interior features waterproof materials. While the concept is a two-seater, Volkswagen earlier said the vehicle could also be converted to a 2+2 layout. The composite body is fashioned from a mix of aluminium, steel and plastic, with the upper body itself fairly easily detached from the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) chassis.
Brandstätter also told Autocar thatVW would launch a high-performance GTX variant of the ID4 as well as a new ID5 coupé-style crossover in 2021. The production version of the ID Buzz (perhaps wearing the ID7 badge) is expected to follow in 2022, with the ID Vizzion (ID6) saloon and estate on the cards for 2023.