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The company can reissue Volkswagen model Beetle electric option

The company can reissue Volkswagen model Beetle electric option

This is because the current generation Volkswagen Beetle, which is available since 2011, is gradually losing its popularity showing an annual drop in sales.

The VW Beetle is one of those iconic cars that have been around for a long time.

VW's push for electric cars includes plans for "emotional" concepts to come, according to chairman Herbert Diess. Reports indicate that the has been no firm decision on if the EV Beetle will be built or not.

Earlier this year, the German automaker announced that it would be producing the ID Buzz, an electric version of its classic microbus.

A Beetle on VW's EV platform would be "much closer to history" since it would revert to the rear-wheel drive of the original model.

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Diess says the MEB platform provides the flawless basis for emotional concepts: "We have a good chance on the electric side". You can do derivatives efficiently. We can do nice things: "rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive". It runs a single electric motor developing 168bhp that is mounted within the rear axle assembly, providing drive to the rear wheels.

The change would harken back to the original Beetle, which was rear-wheel drive with an engine placed in the rear.

Volkswagen hasn't started working on one, but Diess said that the concept of an electric Beetle would be put forward when the company's board votes on ways to expand the company's range of electric cars.

Diess confirmed MEB will support 15 electric cars, with five of them slated for Volkswagen.