Volkswagen Might Make Electric Rear-Wheel-Drive Beetle

1 day ago by Steven Loveday 17

2017 Volkswagen Beetle

2017 Volkswagen Beetle – ICE (Image Credit: Flickr via Tiarnan)

Volkswagen is serious about potential plans for a pure-electric rear-wheel drive Beetle.

With the popularity of the upcoming all-electric Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ (electric microbus), there’s no doubt that a Beetle would be the icing on the cake. Retro is a big deal these days and people pay big money to have such vehicles converted to EVs. It only makes sense for VW to bring an electric Beetle to market, especially since the automaker is set to electrify every model by 2030.

Company CEO Herbert Diess told WardsAuto that VW’s new MEB platform will support 15 electric models across the automotive group’s lineup. Although he was hesitant to say that any final decisions have been made, he spoke specifically to the Beetle. Diess shared:

2017 Volkswagen Beetle

2017 Volkswagen Beetle – ICE (Image Credit: Flickr via Saud Al-Olayan)

“If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive.

We have a good chance (to develop several vehicles) on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive.”

Diess specifically refers to cars like the Beetle as “emotional concepts”. He goes on to explain that the MEB architecture is the perfect platform for such vehicles. However, several new vehicle ideas must go before Volkswagen board members for approval before Diess will admit that they are a sure thing.

We know that the I.D. hatchback is sure to happen. In fact, it is set to be the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle and will arrive in 2019. It will come as single-motor rear-wheel vehicle, much like the perspective Beetle that Diess mentioned. WardAuto explained:

“The rear-mounted electric motor and rear-wheel-drive layout of the I.D. mirrors that of the original Beetle introduced in 1938, which used a rear-mounted boxer engine. Its adoption on a modern-day Beetle model could open up a number of packaging advantages not seen on today’s front-engine/front-wheel-drive model, including a front cargo compartment similar to that of the original.”

The VW Beetle returned to market in 1997 as a modernized, retro representation of the iconic original. It’s still currently available today in its ICE configuration.

Source: WardsAuto

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17 responses to "Volkswagen Might Make Electric Rear-Wheel-Drive Beetle"

  1. L'amata says:

    Beetle EV would be the “ICING” on the VW Vaporware Cake.. Would it be possible to see VW Build a Real EV and actually put it into production.Unlike the Golf………..Cart..

  2. Ct200h says:

    This story can’t be right , there is no way VW could actually make a good decision……

    No way

  3. EVer says:

    Vapor and nonsense; A EV transporter, a EV thing and now a EV beetle. How about pulling out all the stops and building a EV Sand Buggy.

  4. Yogurt says:

    So what are the vaporware bois going to be saying in 2020 when the worlds largest auto companys plans go full swing in China and Europe cranking out BEVs in numbers Tesla probably cant match??
    Nissan and maybe GM will be the only auto companies capable and willing to match them…

  5. wavelet says:

    “popularity of the upcoming all-electric Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ ”
    What popularity? Have Hundreds of thousands been sold already & I missed them all? Does Steven have access to a time machine?
    Come on. This is planned for launch 5 years for now, and has only been shown as a concept so far (although VW has published specs, a lot can happen in 5 years).

    1. Kdawg says:

      I think this is in regards to the design. I’m not a fan of VW designs of past, but I do like the ID designs. If they made an ID Beetle, I’m sure I’d like the looks too.

      1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

        If the ID had an AWD offering, ~maybe~ i’d consider it.

  6. Spoonman. says:

    We know that the I.D. hatchback is sure to happen. In fact, it is set to be the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle and will arrive in 2019…

    First broad-market fully electric vehicle? The eGolf does exist.

    1. Asak says:

      I assume he meant that it is a vehicle designed purely as an electric. e-Golf is the same design as the regular Golf, just with an electric motor and battery crammed in where it can fit.

    2. Ryan says:

      The eGolf exists… in small quantities. I think they released 500 vehicles for all of Canada for 2017. Maybe it’s a different situation in California, but it’s clear they didn’t really want to sell them anywhere else.

  7. SJC says:

    An EV beetle could be popular.
    This would not be that difficult to do.

  8. Ct200h says:

    VW should have done this 3 years ago using the e Golf powetrain
    The popularity of the Beetle with an EV would have been a hit.
    VW missed out big time , they make one stupid decision after another .

  9. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

    And I could make unicorns fly out of my butt in the future. Until the day I hear about how manufacturing is starting today, this is completely meaningless speculation on the part of a VW employee. This makes it no more closer to reality than the meaningless speculation of a fanboy reporter.

    But hey, I clicked on it I guess.

  10. Courtney vegan says:

    Let me guess. 2020 will be the release date😊

    1. Yogurt says:

      Hate to tell you this but it takes upwards of 5 years to take a car from the drawing board to production so 2020 is too soon…
      Of course you can get it done quicker by skipping steps but the end results are not necessarily pretty…

      1. SJC says:

        They could do it in three years using this existing platform. That is not the important point, actually DOING it is.

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