Volkswagen Creates Electric Beetle to Celebrate Electric Future

On the eve of the Frankfurt auto show, where it will unveil the brand new, all-electric ID.3, Volkswagen is doing a little revisionist history with the eKäfer.

Supplied with parts from the Up!dated e-Up!, the eKäfer can generate peak horsepower of around 80 hp.

That may not sound like much, but it is still about 20 more than a Super Beetle would have had. Mind you, the 14 battery modules like add some weight to this convertible model and appear to have required VW to change the rockers.

All in, the Beetle isn’t exactly a rocket, but what air-cooled Beetle is? According to VW, it gets to 80 km/h (roughly 50 mph) in just over 8 seconds and on to a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

A range of 200 km (124 miles) means that the old Beetle should be good enough for all your daily needs. And best of all, this isn’t just a one-off. Or not quite, anyway.

As Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components explains, VW wants owners interested in their own classic EVs to make their own.

“The electrified Beetle combines the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future,” says Schmall. “We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”

Best off all, the motor is small enough to fit under the hood of just about any air-cooled classic like this. Volkswagen says that it’s already working on a Type2 bus and name-dropped the Porsche 356, though hasn’t committed to actually making one yet.

“We are proud that we and Volkswagen Group Components could get the show on the road with this project,” say Dennis Murschel and Martin Acevedo, the managing directors of eClassics GmbH, the Stuttgart firm helping VW with these conversions. “We are also looking forward to seeing many e-Beetles on the street soon,”