The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer recently registered the name e-Beetle, among many other brands suggesting the arrival of new 100% electric ...
The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer recently registered the name e-Beetle, among many other brands suggesting the arrival of new 100% electric models.
Marketed more than 80 years ago, the Beetle is a mythical model, all the more so since it was Volkswagen's very first car. The brand has not failed to capitalize on its success since then, with the 1998 New Beetle, followed by the third and latest generation Beetle in 2011, whose marketing was definitively stopped in 2019. In total, no fewer than 23 million Beetles were produced before the Beetle gave way to the most popular Golf.
While Volkswagen claims that the mythical Beetle will have no descendants, recent rumours seem to suggest otherwise, and that this new Beetle will be 100% electric. Indeed, according to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Volkswagen has in recent weeks registered the "e-Beetle" trademark, as well as many other trademarks with the prefix "e-". The company also offers a wide range of products such as "e-Golf Classic", "e-Karmann", "e-Kübel" and "e-Samba".
Of course, a trademark registration does not necessarily mean that a new model bearing this name will be produced. It is also possible that a company may try to protect trademarks as a precautionary measure, without having a concrete project in mind, in order to prevent a competitor from using it. At Volkswagen, efforts are now focused on the new ID range of 100% electric vehicles, complemented by an ecosystem of services such as the recent We Charge, which provides access to more than 150,000 charging stations.
The Volkswagen Electric Beetle already retrofitted
While this information is only rumoured at the moment, we were able to discover last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Volkswagen e-Käfer, developed in collaboration with the company eClassics: a retrofit of the historic Beetle, i.e. the conversion of an old combustion vehicle into an electric vehicle.
Equipped with an electric motor with 82 horsepower and 190 Nm of torque, the e-Käfer offers a range of around 200 km thanks to a 35 kWh battery placed under the floor. An "S" version goes even further with 102 horsepower and a 45 kWh battery.
As for a possible fourth-generation Beetle, it will take a few more years to see whether such a model will be available in the Volkswagen range. In the meantime, the German manufacturer is expanding its ID range, with the new Volkswagen ID.3, but also with future ID.1, ID.4, not to mention a 100% electric version of its famous Combi, prefigured by the ID.Buzz concept and expected in 2022!