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The Volkswagen e-Beetle is a modified automobile first shown in October 2019 at IAA in Frankfurt. A donor Volkswagen Type 1303 Super Beetle convertible was updated by replacing the original petrol drivetrain with the electric motor, transmission, and battery used in the e-Up. Parts were taken from the regular Volkswagen production line, and installed by specialist partner eClassics in Renningen after consulting with Volkswagen Group Components.

Externally, the e-Käfer may be distinguished from a classic Beetle by the car's running boards; these are thicker on the e-Käfer to conceal the depth of the floor-mounted battery pack.[1] The converted car retains the original rear-drive, rear-motor layout.[2]

The e-Up drivetrain is rated at an output of 81 hp (60 kW; 82 PS) and 155 lb⋅ft (210 N⋅m) as installed in the e-Beetle, which is equipped with a 36.8 kW-hr lithium-ion battery for a range of 124 miles (200 km).[1] A larger battery, 45 kW-hr, and an uprated motor, 101 hp (75 kW; 102 PS), are available at extra cost.[3]

The converted e-Beetle weighs 2,822 pounds (1,280 kg).[1]

The chassis for the e-Beetle is marketed at a retail price of €39900 alone, or €99900 for a complete converted vehicle that is ready to drive. The upgraded battery and motor are also available for an extra €15900.[3]

eClassics intend for the technology in the battery-electric conversion to be applied to other classic Volkswagen products. In March 2020, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showed the e-BULLI, a conversion of a 1966 T1 Samba Bus performed by eClassics using the same e-Up drivetrain as the e-Beetle,[4] distinct from prior electrified Volkswagen small concept vans such as the Bulli (2011), BUDD-e (2016), and ID.BUZZ (2017). The e-BULLI battery is slightly larger than the e-Beetle battery, at 45 kW-hr, but the range remains the same 124 miles (200 km). The cost of the e-BULLI conversion is €64900.[5]

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