Fully- electric vehicles are the future of the automobile industry and no one can deny that. With the government focusing on the future electric vehicles’ introduction in the Indian market, the automakers are also leaving no stones unturned to manufacture the electric version of their existing product line up as well as all-new electric models. According to the reports in the market, Volkswagen Beetle is also going to be fully-electric with a rear-wheel drive mill based on the new MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit) platform.
The German car-makers announced that they plan to introduce coupe-styled electric SUVs in 2020 boasting the 500 km range at the Detroit Motor Show and has already initiated the process with the showcase of I.D. Crozz concept car. Though, VW plans to introduce the I.D. Crozz concept car in the market by 2022, the important news is that the new VW Beetle Electric will also be based on the same platform as the I.D. Crozz concept.
Talking about the upcoming fully-electric vehicles by VW, Herbert Diess, Chairman- Volkswagen, revealed that the new electric models will include the Microbus, Beetle, Kubelwagen and Buggy. According to him, the company does not have a concrete plan on Beetle's successor, but he did suggest that it to be an electric motor with RWD. The electric Beetle will incorporate many design ideas from the I.D. Crozz concept car. But unlike concept, the electric Beetle will come with RWD functionality. The car will be offered with a single electric motor churning out maximum power of 169 bhp from the rear axle. However, for its successor VW has gone back to the original Beetle, which had a rear-mounted engine with RWD.
Klaus Bischoff- VW design chief also shared his views about the Beetle Electric by saying, “If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase [possible] is the ID [hatchback]. If you took that and did the Beetle on it, you have plenty of room so there’s no compromise in functionality any more. So it could be a very attractive car.” Adding further, he said, “Our duty is to get the volume [ID] models under way. These cars have super-complicated technology and if you do too much, it’s an overload. Then we [can] move into more exotic cars and the field of emotion.”
VW has also outlined a plan to have every single model electrified by 2030 and offer an electric variant to every vehicle they sell in the markets across the world. For this, VW will invest €20 billion for e-mobility which will be used for vehicle development, charging infrastructure and battery technology. The manufacturer had a number of electric vehicles on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. All the displayed electric cars will be manufactured in Volkswagen's home factory of Wolfsburg in Germany, with launches scheduled by 2025.
Therefore, we now know that the future generation of the I.D. family will extend the Volkswagen model range. Currently, Volkswagen is working to launch the compact, all-electric, four-door I.D. in the Golf segment, while launching the modern I.D. Crozz in the SUV segment in 2020. Additionally, the I.D. Buzz will also enter the market by 2022. All three I.D. concept cars share the new 'all-electric architecture' that was developed as a common platform and a completely new and avant-garde design by the German automaker.
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