Volkswagen e-Beetle debuts e-Up's updated drivetrain

Volkswagen e-Beetle debuts e-Up's updated drivetrain

Volkswagen e-Beetle debuts e-Up's updated drivetrain

Electric vehicle conversions have been around for years - but for the most part they've relied on third-party specialists like New Electric and EVWest.

While there's no confirmation yet of an e-Beetle beyond this show auto, 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". It's an interesting twist on classic auto motoring, and a concept that could carry the hobby well into the future.

The foundation for the electric conversion is the production powertrain from Volkswagen's e-Up. The Bug's sputtering flat-4 was replaced with the motor and transmission out of a plug-in VW e-up. That means the e-Beetle is now equipped with an 81 horsepower electric motor.

It's the original Beetle we all know and adore but with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor in place of the traditional internal-combustion engine. Weight, subsequently, increases to a far heavier 2,822 pounds compared to a traditional Beetle.

Volkswagen e-Beetle debuts e-Up's updated drivetrain

Mashing the throttle will see the E-Beetle go from 0 to 31 miles per hour in under four seconds, while 50 miles per hour happens in about eight seconds. Top speed is listed at 93 miles per hour.

It's partner, eClassics, will help bring the E-Beetle to life and there's already plenty of plans for more classic cars with electric powertrains. "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", Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group board member, said in a statement.

Volkswagen says the e-Up can complete the 0-100km/h standard in 11.9s, hit a top speed of 130km/h, and has a 260km driving range.

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