Next VW Beetle To Go Electric With Rear-Wheel Drive

Posted: Nov 13 2017, 5:30am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Next VW Beetle to Go Electric with Rear-Wheel Drive
  • Is VW giving the Beetle an EV makeover?

According to VW chairman Herbert Diess they are seriously considering an electric Beetle

Volkswagen is considering on making an EV version of their iconic Beetle. Herbert Diess the chairman of VW recently told Autocar that they are serious about considering the development. Diess further stated it’s not just because an era of EVs has started but it would also take the Beetle back to its roots.

A Beetle on VW’s EV platform would be "much closer to history" since it would revert to the rear-wheel drive of the original model. VW’s EV platform called MEB(Modular Electric Baukasten) is very flexible and is capable of producing an electric Beetle with its original rear-wheel drive.

The MEB platform also features a rear-mounted electric motor which heavily mirrors the layout of the original Beetle in 1939. If a Beetle EV is created it may also feature the original front storage space. Diess even went on to say an EV Beetle would be much better than the current version.

The current Beetle is a golf coupe and converting it into an EV would not take much innovation for the company. VW could re-purpose the powertrain and it may cause a downward slide in the current horse power of 168 and mileage of 370, but all good things come with a cost.

Diess further stated the next generation of their EVs will be based on emotional concepts the company needs. VW previously announced an electric version of their Microbus at the Detroit motor show.

Beetle being one of VWs most iconic cars is sure to draw big crowds to the showrooms if an EV version is presented. Although Diess stated an EV Beetle is not confirmed, the only hitch in development is the approval to be gained from the VW board of directors.

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