Volkswagen has showcased its electric classic Beetle using the powertrain from its e-Up! city car. The eBeetle is part of the German automotive company’s eClassics series, which recently saw the unveiling of an electrically-powered Type 20 campervan.
The eBeetle will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 next week in its near-production-ready form. Volkswagen has used the e-Up!’s battery, electric motor and one-speed gearbox to transform the iconic motor, subsequently making the ‘Bug faster and considerably eco-friendlier.
A 36.8 kWh lithium-ion battery provides 81 BHP and up to 124-miles worth of range. The underbody battery supports fast charging too, and is used to propel the eBeetle from 0-31 MPH in less than four seconds. It will continue silently powering along until it maxes out at 93 MPH.
Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components said in a press release, “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… We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”
In other electrifying news, Porsche’s Taycan has been officially unveiled.