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The Meyers Manx Dune Buggy is back converted into electric vehicles

We are in the middle of the summer season. The beach and its sand become the playground for many, although leaving aside the towel and the umbrella, nothing better than a good buggy to surf the dunes in the purest style of the 60s. The original Meyers Manx Dune Buggy are back, now converted to 100% electric vehicles. These totally reconverted beetles are ready to live a second or third youth under the control of a new manager.

The year was 1960 when Bruce Meyers transformed Volkswagen’s first Beetle into an attractive beach buggy. Leaving a large part of the mechanics and the chassis, the fiberglass body encouraged to cross the dunes of the most virgin beaches of the coast. Meyers Manx buggies immediately became true gems, gaining value over the years. Some 6,000 units were manufactured over six years. Although production ceased in 1971, Bruce Meyers remained in control of the company until 2020, at which point he sold it to a new buyer.

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The cabin has the same simplicity as the original model, but with modern touches

Under the control of a new company, the Meyers Manx Dune Buggy wants to resume coastal activity, although in this case under a 100% electric mechanic. Gone are the old small Volkswagen engines. Officially called Meyers Manx 2.0, the mechanical offer will revolve around two battery sizes: 20 and 40 kWh capacity., which send power to two electric motors, both on the rear axle. It has a 6 kW on-board charger, although it optionally allows fast direct current charging of up to 60 kW.

In its longer autonomy format, the electric buggy is capable of reaching a range of 480 kilometers. It will offer a combined power of 202 horsepower and 325 Nm of torque., much more than the original Manx. The unit with access battery, 20 kWh, will offer an autonomy range of approximately 240 kilometers with a lower output power (for the moment the specific data has not been specified). In the best of cases, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is offered in just 4.5 seconds.

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The fiberglass hood can be removed, exposing the entire attractive bodywork

The official presentation will take place on August 19, although the specific production and marketing deadlines have not been specified. The company has announced that it has the intention to manufacture a series of 50 special and commemorative units in 2023, although we will have to wait until 2024 for manufacturing to reach its peak. Now comes the bad news; Unfortunately the new Meyers Manx 2.0 will not arrive in Europe as they will only be available in the North American market at a price that is currently unknown.

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