Volkswagen’s electric ID. BUGGY has hit the roads and beaches of California for the first time.

The concept car will also be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey Car Week.

Since its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the ID. BUGGY has created buzz about the future possibilities of e- mobility.

Drawing inspiration from the classic dune buggies of the 60s, the ID. BUGGY shows the versatility of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) and puts the fun in functional.

The BUGGY’s modular design allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the MEB chassis, opening up a world of possibilities for third-party manufacturers, as the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.

The lack of doors and a roof make the ID. BUGGY ready for the purest form of classic beach cruising.

Off-road features include standard 18-inch wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A off-road tyres (255/55 at front and 285/60 at rear), as well as aluminium underbody protection.

Two robust red steel eyelets are integrated in the bumpers for towing and the reinforced windshield frame and the Targa bar provide rollover support.

The inside features a minimalist aesthetic and waterproof materials.

A hexagonal steering wheel, covered with water-repellent Nappa leather, features touch controls, and a digital instrument cluster keeps the dash uncluttered.

Despite the shortened wheelbase of the concept car, passengers have an unusually large amount of space.

The zero-emissions drivetrain comprises an electric motor integrated in the rear axle, with power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, and the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space.

The electric motor delivers 150kW of power and 310Nm of torque from a standstill, with 0 to 100 km/h taking 7.2 seconds and a top speed that is electronically limited to 160km/h.

Range is a claimed 250km on the WLTP cycle.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.