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PHOTO CAPTION: The successor to the current generation Beetle, if VW, decides to build, will be electric.

Is a VOLTSwagen Beetle Coming?

Volkswagen chairman, Herbert Diess says that IF VW decides to build a new Beetle, the next version will be electric, and it's about time; converters have been plugging Beetles for decades.

Published: 14-Nov-2017

In 2007, I took my first ride in an electric VW Beetle. It belonged to Professor Herman Carmona in Mexico City. He'd converted it, as part of his electrical engineering class at the National University of Mexico. He and his students had converted it based on a popular conversion kit that's been available for decades to garage hobbyists.

In fact, the Beetle rear-engine platform made it ideal for other EV conversions, including the Karmen Ghia and Porsche 911. So, it would seem a fairly obvious course for VW to offer its own electric Beetle.

Apparently, that's what Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess and the board are considering as they debate the fate of one of the world's most iconic automobiles. According to Autocar magazine, the Beetle would use the same MEB platform that will be the basis of the forthcoming revival of the VW 'Bus' as foreshadowed by the ID Buzz concept van.

While Diess contends that the company has made no final decision on the fate of the Beetle, which is still being produced in Mexico, he did tell Autocar...

“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.”

If VW does go ahead with an electric Beetle, as well as the 15 other EV models they're planning to offer, might they finally change their name to VOLTSwagen?

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