Although Volkswagen has remained to be part of news in recent months due to its emission scandal, it’s no secret that the car manufacturer is working on bringing full electric vehicles in near future. Interestingly, recent reports have suggested that the company is taking an interesting approach to its iconic Beetle as the company is rumored to be working on bringing a fully electric model in the coming years.
The latest news comes thanks to Volkswagen’s chairman Herbert Diess’ recent interview with Autocar. During the interview, he said that although there isn’t any concrete decision on the model’s future at the moment, any direct successor of the model will be electric. He said, “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.”
“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.”
If the Beetle implements the fully electric concept, then it will be interesting to see how the consumers react to the changes. At the moment, Volkswagen has several electric car projects as the auto manufacturer is expected to bring ID Buzz retro-minibus in near future. On the other hand, if Beetle becomes fully electric, then it will mark an important step in making the car highly popular once again. When the original Beetle finally went out of production back in 2003, it was replaced by Golf inspired design and driving mechanism which didn’t showcase qualities of the original that made the car pretty iconic.
At the moment however, there’s no news involving when or if the Beetle will go through major design changes in a short time.