This is because the current generation Volkswagen Beetle, which is available since 2011, is gradually losing its popularity showing an annual drop in sales. Per the report, if an electric Beetle comes to fruition, its powertrain will reside in the rear.
Earlier this year, the German automaker announced that it would be producing the ID Buzz, an electric version of its classic microbus. "If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today's model, much closer to history", he said. That platform runs a single electric motor making 168hp mounted within the rear axle assembly and drives the rear wheels.
Volkswagen eventually replace the iconic model Beetle in its all-electric option.
According to Jalopnik, VW has been ramping up its electric auto efforts.
Diess told Autocar that his company is seriously considering development of an electric Beetle and it is not because EVs are being considered as the future of transportation.
A firmer decision is expected when the company board votes on ways to expand its fledgling electric auto strategy beyond the 15 models planned so far (only five of which will carry the VW-badge). The executive notes MEB is an ally for "emotional concepts" thanks to its flexibility. You can do derivatives efficiently. We can do nice things: "rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive", he said. They have even confirmed production of an electric mini-bus.