Turns out, this BugE is a project of Harvey Coachworks and EV and was put together by them as a way to raise money for Autism Speaks, a group that funds "global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism" and raises autism awareness. This BugE made an appearance at the American Music Awards, where celebrities put pen to metal and created a truly one-of-a-king electric vehicle.
At EVS23, I spoke with Joe Lado, the director of business development at Harvey Coachworks and EV, about the BugE charity vehicle. The real short version is that this vehicle should be up for auction on eBay (potentially on the main page) in about two weeks, with the money going to Autism Speaks. The idea of signed BugEs selling for charity has caught on. Next year, Harvey Coachworks will bring a few more deluxe, signed BugE vehicles to the auction block. Listen to the details here.
Dec. 18, 2007 UPDATE: the vehicle is now on eBay.
You can compare the Harvey Coachworks edition (above) with an unmodified version in the gallery below. And hey, what celebrities' names can you spot on the signed BugE?