Volkswagen Group has partnered with Stuttgart-based Electric Vehicle (EV) conversion company eClassics to bring the iconic petrol-powered Volkswagen Beetle back to life, but this time as an electric car.
The conversion kits, which will be used to replace the air-cooled flat-four-cylinder engine in your old Volkswagen beetle, includes new parts such as 1-speed gearbox, battery packs and electric motor from the VW e-Up!
Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, said :
“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”
“We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”
The giant automaker says the electric motor, which produces 81 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque, will be able to take the electrified Beetle (e-Beetle) from rest to 50 mph in over 8 seconds, and give a top speed of 93 mph (150 km).
The 36.8 kWh battery pack is built into the underbody. It will go an estimated range of 124 miles (200 km) before needing a recharge.
It also features DC fast charging capability that can give up a 75% charge in about an hour, which is enough for a journey of over 150 km.
With the rear petrol-engine gone, you also have enough boot space for your luggages at the back of the car.
Volkswagen Group hasn’t released any pricing or information for their conversion service yet.
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