Volkswagen builds all-electric 'e-Beetle'
The classic Beetle borrows the e-up!'s powertrain and has 124 miles of range.
Volkswagen has revealed the e-Beetle, a one-off classic Beetle modernized with an all-electric powertrain.
Partnering with EV retrofit company eClassics, VW demanded that the e-Beetle be electrified with components from VW Group production cars. The team consequently sourced its retrofit parts from the new 'e-up!' electric city car.
The e-Beetle is powered by a single electric motor that delivers 81 horsepower, paired with a 36.8-kWh battery that provides a range of around 124 miles.
Drivers can expect to hit 50 mph in just over eight seconds, with a top speed of 93 mph.
eClassics says it is working on a production retrofit package that will enable Beetle owners to make the same electric conversion. The company is also preparing the platform for the Bus, while an "e-Porsche 356" is under consideration.