Volkswagen Beetle Owners Can Soon Transform Their Vehicles Into Electric Cars

Posted: Sep 11 2019, 11:02pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Volkswagen Beetle owners can soon transform their vehicles into electric cars

The Beetle is definitely here to stay.

Shortly after the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the production line, Volkswagen has come up with a new solution to make the iconic car live on.

The carmaker has teamed up with electric cars specialist eClassics to convert existing Beetles into electric-powered cars. This way, owners of vintage Beetles can have their combustion engines converted into electric engines.

It comes as Volkswagen doubles down on its electrification efforts. The company has been continuously making ways to boost production of electric cars. It even set up a company called Eli to handle its electrification push.

The company did not disclose whether the converted Volkswagen Beetles will be hybrid or whether they will only run on electric, but it did say that the e-Beetle, or the electric version of the Volkswagen Beetle, will be able to accelerate to 50 kmph in just under four seconds and to 80 kmph in just over eight seconds. The e-Beetle has the capacity to reach top speeds of up to 150 kmph and range up to 200 km.

Owners of the new classic electrified car will be able to charge the e-Beetle swiftly with its own chargin system. One charge of around an hour can be enough to travel a journey of over 150 km!

According to the company, the transformation of Beetles into electric cars will be done in partnership with eClassics. Volkswagen will provide new parts for the cars, including the electric drive, the 1-speed gearbox and the battery system that are all similar to the upcoming Volkswagen e-Up!

The e-Up! is a compact all-electric car that will be priced at around €21,975. Volkswagen said it is the company’s solution to making electric cars affordable for everyone. The new e-Up! Is scheduled to make its world premiere at the 2019 IAA, or International Motor Show Germany, in Frankfurt from September 12 to September 22.

Meanwhile, the e-Beetles will also take stage at the IAA.

“The electrified Beetle combines the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future. Innovative e-components from Volkswagen Group Components are under the bonnet – we work with them to electrify historically important vehicles, in what is an emotional process,” Thomas Schmall, an executive at Volkswagen Group Components, said.

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