VW e-Beetle on the way to Frankfurt


Electric classic cars are somewhat voguish right now, the concept being taken on - to a mixed reception - by Jaguar and Aston Martin as well as independent conversion specialists. Expect to see plenty more, basically, as buyers demand the style of a classic with EV ease-of-use and efficiency. Beginning with the Beetle...

Yep, it was going to happen soon enough, especially given the Beetle's symbolic importance historically as the car of the green movement. Now its local emissions can actually be kind! The e-Beetle is a collaborative product between VW Group Components and eClassics, described as combining "the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future".


The powertrain comes wholesale from the e-Up, with motor and gearbox made at Group Components plant in Kassel and the battery system from the Brunswick plant. The important numbers are up to 36.8 kWh of battery capacity, 82hp and 1,280kg. VW says that's sufficient for 0-50mph in just over eight seconds, a top speed of 93mph and a 124-mile range. The e-Beetle can be fast charged, too, which should permit 93 miles of range for an hour of juicing.

While there's no confirmation yet of an e-Beetle beyond this show car, it is described as a "near-production"; furthermore, VW says that this concept proves "the subsequent electrification of other historic vehicles will also be possible." There's talk even of electric Porsches 356s - heavens above - as well as using the MEB electric architecture to boost range and performance.

That's all for the future, though. Now - indeed next week, when the Frankfurt show opens to the media - is time to appreciate and ponder the e-Beetle. The poor old thing never had the most powerful engines, so it's arguably riper for a swap than those straight-six sports cars. Or is that flat-four central to the Beetle charm, even with just a handful of horsepower? Over to you...






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Comments (35) Join the discussion on the forum

  • Miserablegit 05 Sep 2019

    presumably the E-up is only available in Yorkshire?

  • NDNDNDND 05 Sep 2019

    Are buyers actually demanding this?

    Electric conversions just seem to reduce the car's usability, neuter its character, and not really offer any sort of reasonable payback period.

    It's just environmental virtue-signalling of the worst sort.

  • Plate spinner 05 Sep 2019

    NDNDNDND said:
    Are buyers actually demanding this?

    Electric conversions just seem to reduce the car's usability, neuter its character, and not really offer any sort of reasonable payback period.

    It's just environmental virtue-signalling of the worst sort.
    Inclined to agree

    The most charismatic thing about the old beetle is it’s engine.

  • Turbobanana 05 Sep 2019

    I'd much rather see this than an EV version of an E-Type / DBxx etc.

    Also - stroke of genius putting the charging point behind the tail light.

  • cookie1600 05 Sep 2019

    NDNDNDND said:
    Are buyers actually demanding this?
    Apparently so and it's by no means a new or unique thing:

    https://www.electricclassiccars.co.uk/

    https://www.evwest.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=40

    https://www.zelectricmotors.com/




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