Volkswagen Beetle To Get New Life As 4-Door Electric Car

JUL 2 2018 BY ANTHONY KARR 15

VW’s MEB platform could bring back the RWD layout.

The current Volkswagen Beetle is only the second modern generation of the model and is actually based on the platform of the old Golf 6. The German manufacturer is already working on the Golf 8, but that doesn’t mean the cute Beetle will get a successor anytime soon. However, if and when that happens, it could be a revolution.

According to a new report from the folks over at Autocar, Volkswagen is considering an all-electric Beetle with four doors. The information is based on recent comments from VW head Herbert Diess and the brand’s design boss Klaus Bischoff, both hinting that a Beetle EV could happen, but not before the launch of a couple of other more important electric vehicles from Volkswagen.

The British magazine claims Bischoff has already sketched a possible look for the four-door Beetle successor, but it will take the automaker between two and three years to make a final decision on its production. Before that, Volkswagen will remain focused on launching a series of mainstream electric vehicles.

“Our duty is to get the volume models under way,” he told Autocar. “These cars have super-complicated technology and if you do too much, it’s an overload. Then we [can] move into more exotic cars and the field of emotion.”

If it receives the green light, the model would be based on the smart MEB platform for electric vehicles. This architecture would bring packaging advantages, which will allow Volkswagen to retain the iconic shape of the Beetle but combine it with much more interior space and comfort. Another benefit of the MEB underpinnings could be the return of the Beetle’s RWD layout.

“If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase is the ID hatchback. If you took that and did the Beetle on it, you have plenty of room so there’s no compromise in functionality any more. So it could be a very attractive car.”

Source: Autocar

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15 Comments on "Volkswagen Beetle To Get New Life As 4-Door Electric Car"

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orinoco

This could be the return of the Beetle frunk. Yes, the old Beetle used to have a frunk instead of a trunk, because the engine was in the back. Common joke of those time: a VW beetle has breakdown. The driver opens the hood and stares at the empty frunk. Another beetle stops and the driver asks the driver with the breakdown, what the problem is. He replies: “My engine is missing”. The other: “Oh, no problem I have a spare engine in the back”.

mzs.112000

People have been converting VW Beetle to electric power for years if not decades now…
For the same price as a new Nissan Leaf, I can convert a classic VW Beetle to electric and get 150 miles of driving range per charge, and it will have 16kW AC charging, so it can get a full charge in 2 hours.

Rightofthepeople

And with your conversion you get all of the safety features that were standard in the 1970s! 🙂

Pushmi-Pullyu

Yup. Does a classic Beetle have a frunk? Yup. Does it have a front crumple zone? Well… it does have a front zone which will crumple in case of accident…

Air bags? What are those?

Vexar

This will likely come with a warranty, not a blog build page, though. God bless every EV conversion build, I love seeing the ingenuity!

EVShopper

Huh. I didn’t realize the Beetle was considered an “exotic” car.

Pushmi-Pullyu

That was my reaction, too. The original “Everyman” car is now considered “exotic”? WTF?

antrik

The “New Beetle” is definitely exotic — high price, low utility.

Though by the sound of it, the electric version could do somewhat better…

SJC

I would make the new Beetle an EV.

Tilyon

With à Tesla motorisation.

Bill Howland

Car looks like a 1966 Beetle to me, which is a totally different car than the cartoonish Golf currently made. Since Beetles are 2-door cars, where are they going to put the other 2, if the picture is any representation?

Chris

I think it’s a stock photo. But here’s a thing that annoys me — why aren’t EV manufacturers standardizing on that placement (center rear of the vehicle) for the charging port? It was dangerous for that placement to be used for gasoline filler ports, but not so for EVs. I don’t miss the lead-fueled land yachts of the past, but I do miss not having to plan my approach to the self service island.

As for the second set of doors, ever seen a Citroën 2CV?

antrik

I don’t see how this placement could avoid eating into trunk space.

(Not a problem in the conversion shown, since it doesn’t actually have a trunk in the rear — but for anything else it would be.)

Chris

There wasn’t much trunk space sacrificed with the old gas cars and they had an actual pipe that had to be routed through the space. It was just a bump really. Of course, those cars were huge by today’s standards but the charge port extends, what, 6″ into the body of an EV? Cables are a lot easier to route than pipes.

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