Volkswagen Beetle to Return as All-Electric Car
Volkswagen may bring the Beetle back as an all-electric vehicle.
The possibility of an electric version comes as a relief to Beetle fans. In March, Volkswagen announced that it will be killing off the latest version of the car after it goes out of production – which could be as early as this year.
The new Beetle will run on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform (Modularer Elektrobaukasten or Modular Electric Kit). The architecture aims to change the way cars are built and run.
The electric version of the Beetle will have four doors. Currently, the Beetle is available as a coupe or convertible. It is also available as a special “Dune” edition.
Volkswagen will launch more electric cars supported by the same platform. Recent comments from Volkswagen officials suggest that a Beetle electric car is possible after the automaker measures the success of other electric vehicles.
Moreover, Volkswagen plans to launch an all-electric crossover called I.D. Crozz in 2020. An electric microbus called I.D. Buzz will follow in 2022.
It seems Volkswagen is focused on electric vehicles. Just recently, the automaker’s electric racing car Volkswagen 500-kW I.D. R beat the fastest climb record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The driver, Romain Dumas, not only beat the previous record for electric vehicles but also shattered the all-time record by 16 seconds.
Dumas’s new record of 7 minutes 57.148 seconds is now on top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes accomplished drivers such as Sebastian Loeb, Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Nobuhiro Tajima, and Rod Millen.
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an automobile and motorcycle race at Pikes Peak in Colorado. Participants get one attempt to tackle 156 turns on the 12.42-mile track.
More importantly, Volkswagen developed the car in just eight months.
Dumas believes that he could have completed the race at least 10 seconds earlier if the weather were better.