Volkswagen Creates Classic Beetle With e-Up!-Sourced Electric Powertrain

Volkswagen Group Components and eClassics have teamed up to create an electric version of an old Beetle.

The e-Beetle is a near-production model that will make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

eClassics carried out the conversion using parts from the VW e-Up!, such as the battery, electric motor and one-speed gearbox. Feeding the 82 PS (81 hp / 60 kW) electric motor is a 36.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Mounted at the underbody, it provides a 200-km (124-mile) range and also supports fast charging, so if you run out of juice, all you have to do is plug it in for about an hour to get another 150 km (92 miles) of range.

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Due to the added weight, reinforced chassis and new brakes, the e-Beetle tips the scales at 1,280 kg (2,822 lbs). Performance is more than decent, as the car needs less than 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 km/h (mph), and just a little over 8 seconds to hit 80 km/h (31 mph). Flat out, it will do 150 km/h (93 mph).

“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”, said VW Group Components Member of the Board of Management, Thomas Schmall. “We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”

Aside from the Beetle, owners of other classic vehicles will be able to convert their rides to electric power. “We are already working together to prepare the platform for the Bus”, added Schmall. “An e-Porsche 356 could also be pursued in the future.” Additionally, they could use the new MEB platform in the future, which would provide a great balance between range and performance.

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  • Bash

    Cool. Hiding the charger behind the tail light is an excellent idea, perfect integration!
    Also i must say, opening the trunk lid and to actually see an empty space that you can use and put stuff in, its kinda awkward.

    • Stephen G

      The trunk lid is the cover on the trunk and a hood (or bonnet) is the cover over the engine/motor. So it is not surprising to have an empty trunk as all cars do.

      • Bash

        Well, you know it’s an old classic beetle, so you should expect the motor to be in the back of the car.

        • Stephen G

          Yes when an engine was in the back the trunk was in the front. Now that here is a motor in the front, the trunk is in the back.

  • db

    little over 8 seconds to hit 80 km/h (31 mph).
    Um, the correct figure would be 80 km/h = 50 mph.
    Either way, that performance is as bad as the original Beetle.

    • Miknik

      I think the performance is more than sufficient for what a EV in classic car shape would be used for, and on par with entry level cars.

      • db

        Agreed. It is just that I read quite often how quick EV’s are and here we have one remarkably average.

        • Miknik

          I know, but at the end of the day, it’s 81hp against nearly 1300kg, even EV magic can’t overcome that;

  • Finkployd

    Loving it !
    Every time I see those old cars mounted with electric powertrains it reminds me of the 1997 movie Gattaca

    • KAG25

      you don’t like the old school 911 wheels?

    • alexxx

      Great movie Gattaca?

  • so it’s an new EV chassis to sit under an existing bug body?

    ok that’s kinda neat actually, and it isn’t an irreversible conversion!

  • TrevP

    I want one.

  • sidewaysspin

    Looks terrible but ok, if they think it’s something special then it must be.


    • Matt

      Why would VW not allow it? Companies convert and modify classic cars every day without prior consent of the original manufacturer.

  • Marc Gruben

    I’ve said this many times and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but VW should seriously patent the name “Voltswagen” and apply it to all their EV’s.

    “iD Concept”. By the name alone, I have no idea what it is.”Voltswagen”? I know exactly what that is without even seeing it.

  • Stephen G

    This beetle has no engine. It is electric, therefore, it has a motor. The motor is clearly visible mounted on the front of the chassis.

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