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11:11  10 september  2019
11:11  10 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Eventually, the electric Beetle will top out at 93 mph. Estimated range per VW is 124 miles, and when it comes time to plug it in, the E - Beetle VW isn't going it alone on this project, though. It's partner, eClassics, will help bring the E - Beetle to life and there's already plenty of plans for more classic cars

A glorious drive through glorious Welsh countryside in a classic VW Beetle , that's also a really impressive electric car. For more information about these

The idea of taking a classic car and fitting it with a modern electric powertrain is nothing new, but Volkswagen is getting in on the trend. Ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, VW showed the E-Beetle on Thursday.

Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Classic motoring with a modern twist. Volkswagen

It's the original Beetle we all know and adore but with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor in place of the traditional internal-combustion engine. In fact, it's a pretty seamless transition since the electric running gear comes from another VW car already in production, the E-Up! subcompact.

With the E-Up! powertrain, the E-Beetle makes 81 horsepower with a 36.8 kilowatt-hour battery onboard. Weight, subsequently, increases to a far heavier 2,822 pounds compared to a traditional Beetle. Modern electric powertrains are hardly kind to vehicle curb weights, but VW said the added weight doesn't compromise quick acceleration.

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The Volkswagen Beetle —officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in German the Käfer (meaning " beetle "), in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug

Fully electric Volkswagen E - Beetle molds classic looks and new - age power CNET17:24. Volkswagen to launch new e-Up with longer range, lower price Autocar.co.uk13:25. VW is providing electric powertrains to convert classic Beetles Autoblog16:24. New 2020 Volkswagen e -up! to

Mashing the throttle will see the E-Beetle go from 0 to 31 mph in under four seconds, while 50 mph happens in about eight seconds. Times for an estimated 0 to 60-mph run weren't provided, but we'd eager 10 seconds is a good guess judging by the times needed for lower speeds. Eventually, the electric Beetle will top out at 93 mph.

Estimated range per VW is 124 miles, and when it comes time to plug it in, the E-Beetle accepts fast charging. The battery will recharge about 93 miles in an hour on a fast charger.

VW isn't going it alone on this project, though. It's partner, eClassics, will help bring the E-Beetle to life and there's already plenty of plans for more classic cars with electric powertrains. A platform for an electric Microbus is in the works and VW said there's even talk of an electric Porsche 356. What a brave new world, indeed.

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I've always coveted classic VW Beetles , but having discovered the joys of driving an electric car, I can't imagine going back to gas. If I still lived in Because the switch to electric means more power , and more acceleration, the conversion also included some tweaks to the suspension and newer disc

The Beetle has been left essentially intact, with no major new holes cut or extensive frame modifications. The car is now actually liquid-cooled, since the electronics in these setups can run quite hot, and there's even a very sci-fi- looking little transparent orange reservoir of magic electron

The Volkswagen E-Beetle is classic motoring with a modern twist

Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power
Fully electric Volkswagen E-Beetle molds classic looks and new-age power

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