Working with eClassics, Volkswagen is giving its most iconic vehicle a modern twist by electrifying it. The Volkswagen e-Beetle takes the beloved original Beetle model and swaps out its traditional internal-combustion engine for a lithium-ion battery and electric motor.
Using the E-Up! powertrain, the e-Beetle has an 81-horsepower output with a 36.8-kilowatt-hour battery. Stomping on the accelerator will get you from 0 to 50mph in about eight seconds, and you’ll top out at a 93mph. With a range of 124 miles on a full charge, the VW e-Beetle will get you around town for a few days before you need to juice it up again. If you charge it for around an hour, you’ll get 93 miles of driving time. The official premiere of the near-production version of the e-Beetle will take place at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, which starts on September 10. We’re not sure when the average joe can get behind the wheel of an e-Beetle, but Volkswagen and eClassics are working hard to get these all-electric cars on the streets.
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