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Volkswagen Might Build an All-Electric RWD Beetle

11 Novembre 2017

German automaker Volkswagen intends to develop a new generation of the flagship model of the Beetle.

Volkswagen is actively considering plans for an electric, rear-wheel-drive successor to today's Beetle as part of a range of zero-emissions models based on its new MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) platform, according to the German auto maker's chairman, Herbert Diess.

"The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need", says Diess.

While nothing is yet to be set in stone for the next Beetle, Diess says that the electric MEB platform is extremely flexible, suiting the needs for any potential "emotional concepts" well.

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While a decision still hasn't been made, Diess stated, "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". "We have a good chance on the electric side".

Rear-wheel drive layout of the ID correspond to the original Beetle hatchback 1939, which used zadnelateralnuu engine.

Despite rumors of its discontinuation earlier this year, a new report suggests that the Volkswagen Beetle may be back for another generation.

While a new, electric Beetle isn't confirmed yet, there's reason to be optimistic for it. Diess was a major champion for the return of the Microbus, so clearly he's into the whole retro EV thing.