While all of this is well and good, the real nugget of production-bound news in this concept is the name of this electric powertrain setup, "Blue-e-motion," and the fact that it will power the future production Golf Blue-e-Motion.
EV-specific instrumentation in the cabin includes an energy consumption gauge that fluctuates with vehicle acceleration, a driving range indicator, a charge state display, and a battery regeneration display.
Other design elements of the E-Bugster include some hints at possible future directions for the Beetle. LED daytime running lights are taken from the production Beetle, for example, but enhanced with a graphic on each side of the lower air intake. Reflectors mimic these graphics on the rear bumper. Flared fenders and 20-inch wheels are accented by a "Beetle 'V'" along the car's side, and the lower window's chrome has been extended. The E-Bugster's roof is three inches lower than the standard Beetle.
We'll have full details and live coverage of the E-Bugster and the rest of the Detroit Auto Show over the next two days, so keep up with all of it here.