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Next Volkswagen up! going electric-only? 11/13/17

13 November 2017, 02:49 | Casey Mitchell

The rumors of a rear-engined, battery-electric next-generation Volkswagen Beetle are back.

During the construction you will use the versatile proprietary platform for electric cars - VW MEB, which allows you to build an electric auto with any drive is front, rear or full.

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Speaking to Autocar, Diess said that the company was "actively considering" plans for an electric Beetle as part of a range of zero-emissions cars. VW's EV platform called MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) is very flexible and is capable of producing an electric Beetle with its original rear-wheel drive. Reports indicate that the has been no firm decision on if the EV Beetle will be built or not.

Explaining the term "emotional concepts", Volkswagen's 59-year-old chairman says it covers cars such as the Microbus and Beetle, as well as open-top models such as the Kübelwagen and Buggy. Diess previously alluded to a new electric Beetle when he commented on prospects of a reborn, all-electric Volkswagen Thing. He was clear, though, that VW hasn't made a decision surrounding a new Beetle.

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Volkswagen resurrected the Beetle in 1997 following positive reception of the retro Concept One show auto at the 1994 Detroit motor show.

Diess says the MEB platform provides the flawless basis for emotional concepts: "We have a good chance on the electric side". The modernized version of the Beetle grew and went front-wheel drive.

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

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