2023 Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric Dune Buggy Revealed

Meyers Manx

Meyers Manx

The 1960s Meyers Manx dune buggy is now electric. The small RV used to have a Beetle-derived chassis, but the new version has none. This rad ID is unrelated. 2019 buggy concept Freeman Thomas designed the new EV with its one-piece body shell.

Trousdale Ventures' Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric is zero-emissions. It bought Meyers Manx in 2020, just months before founder Bruce Meyers died at 94.

It's unclear if the body is fiberglass like the original, but the design is similar.

The electric buggy will have 20.0- and 40.0-kWh batteries offering 150 and 300 miles of range, respectively. A pair of rear-mounted electric motors will power the cutesy vehicle's 40-kWh pack to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Depending on the battery size, it will weigh 1,500 to 1,650 pounds (680 to 750 kilograms).

With the larger battery, the Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric will produce 202 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The electric buggy will be available in 50 units for 2023 before expanding in 2024.

Each will have front and rear disc brakes, electric parking brake, windshield wipers, regenerative braking, and electric power steering. The company wants to improve the EV based on early adopter feedback, so it will support over-the-air updates.

Pricing details have not been disclosed, but reservations will open during the Monterey Car Week later this month.