Electric Meyer Manx dune buggy rides for up to 300 miles per charge

Meyer Manx 2.0 Electric
Meyer Manx 2.0 Electric. Images © Meyer Manx

The iconic Meyer Manx Dune Buggy was a creation of Californian engineer Bruce Meyers. Its popularity is largely due to its unique design and great performance. It was a common feature in the desert racing tracks in the 60s. Six decades on, this historical dune buggy has now made a comeback as an electric vehicle.

The electric Meyer Manx 2.0 is an innovative remodeling of their original dune buggy. This latest model is replete with a resilient framework and a very modern design. It’s fitted with aluminum chassis and stand-alone suspensions. The adventure is not lost with Manx 2.0, but this time it is powered by a battery. Also, with no hanging engines, the rear electric motors do an excellent job.

The Manx 2.0 is a more refined model of the original dune buggy. It will run on a 20 kWh battery which provides a range of 150 miles. There is also the option of a 40 kWh battery which offers a range of 300 miles. The EV has an average weight of 1500 lbs (680kg). The operating setup consists of lithium-ion pouch cells placed next to two electric motors and an inverter.

To complete the setup, the gear train is inserted into the back of the initial rear framework. This framework was constructed within the axis of an engine designed to be cooled by air. The operating setup is projected to supply approximately 202 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

The electric Meyer Manx 2.0 still remains a true dune buggy. It has no doors as well as no windows. Basically, the usual car features are not present. An open area houses the cockpit. It has a detachable roof and a cargo area. To access the cargo area, the roof will have to be slid forward, and the EV is fitted with a spare tire and a toolbox.

Meyer Manx 2.0 Detachable Roof
Meyer Manx 2.0 has a detachable roof.

The iconic automaker has opened applications for its Manx 2.0 Electric Beta Program. The team is seeking ‘fifty pioneers with Manx Spirit’ to experience the electric vehicle prior to its launch. These ‘adventure-inclined’ individuals will help perfect the new Manx 2.0 Electric for the market before its release in 2024. The 50 pre-production launch vehicles will be distributed in 2023 to beta customers. These beta testers will be required to drive the buggy in essentially all types of conditions for a pre-determined minimum mileage over a duration of 12 months. During this time, the testers will be communicating their findings regularly with the Manx 2.0 team.

Those interested are invited to apply here. Applicants will be selected by an internal committee based on their personal stories, experiences, and illustrations of their ‘Manx Spirit.’

The Meyer Manx team is yet to release pricing details for the EV as there is no official pricing information currently available. However, they intend to begin taking reservations immediately after the official debut. The Manx 2.0 is a groundbreaking innovation. The intricate fusion of a modernized setup and an iconic exterior makes for a nice reinvention. Not bad for a nearly 60-year wait.

Original Meyer Manx dune buggy from the 60s
The original Meyer Manx dune buggy from the 60s.

Source: Meyer Manx