Volkswagen plans a full-electric, rear-wheel-drive successor for the Beetle

Volkswagen is developing a proposal to build an electric, rear-wheel-drive successor of the Beetle as part of a range of zero-emissions models based on its new MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) platform, revealed UK-based automotive-oriented news outlet Autocar, citing as source no other than the German automaker’s chairman, Herbert Diess.

The electric-powered Beetle is just one of a number of proposals that will be voted by board members when they discuss ways to build on the company’s initial range of electric cars.

“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,” Diess said, pointing out that a final decision is yet to be made.

“We have a good chance on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive,” he added.

Volkswagen builds the current version of the Beetle at its assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico.


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