Apparently the only "eccentricity" of the model is the convertible body – but that's not all. An electric-powered Beetle was launched at the event by the German company eClassics, Volkswagen's partner in this venture.
The eKäfer is exhibited in a pavilion for classic cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The name comes from the junction of Käfer, name given to the Beetle in Germany, and the prefix "e", which refers to electric propulsion.
Recharge uses most common standard among electric cars, the Type 2 – Photo: André Paixão / G1
The company claims that the electric motor and battery are original from Volkswagen, the same as the electric versions of Up in Europe. On the other hand, they use classic bodies, prepared by the company itself, from Beetles of various eras.
The engine has 82 horsepower, while 36.8 kWh batteries guarantee a range of over 200 km. The recharge uses the most common Type 2 standard for trams, and charging enough to run up to 150 km takes only an hour.
According to factory numbers, the electrified Beetle accelerates from 0 to 50 km / h in less than 4 seconds, and reaches 80 km / h in 8 seconds. The top speed is 150 km / h.
eKafer has autonomy of up to 200 km – Photo: André Paixão / G1
There are 3 ways to get an electric Beetle – or an eKafer. The first, and the cheapest, comes for 39,900 euros (R $ 178,700, at the daily rate), and includes only the platform, equipped with electric motor, battery, brakes, suspension and transmission. It is up to the owner to make the “marriage” with the desired bodywork.
The second package comes for 49,900 euros (R $ 223,500), and includes the platform and body, without optional equipment. The company also said that, for this price, it performs the union of the platform with a body of the customer himself.
In the cheapest package, only the platform is delivered to the buyer – Photo: André Paixão / G1
Finally, the most expensive and complete package comes out for 99,900 euros, or $ 447,500, and includes a complete vehicle, with options such as LED headlights, multimedia center, fabric top and even leather seats. . It is probably one of the most expensive Beetles for sale, but also one of the coolest.
EClassics said it has made modifications to the Beetle's structure to support the extra weight of the batteries. “We couldn't use the original suspension and brake assemblies of the original model, so we made reinforcements with tougher material that also makes driveability better,” said Martin Acevedo, eClassics director.
Volkswagen Electric Beetle reaches 150 km / h – Photo: Divulgação / Volkswagen
In total, the vehicle weighs 1,280 kg, compared to about 800 kg of a conventional model. On the other hand, the power is also approximately 50% higher than traditional combustion configurations.
It is also possible to convert to electric from other models, such as Karmann-Ghia and Porsche 356, or even the classic Brazilian SP2.
Volkswagen also said it is considering extending the conversion partnership using its new electric vehicle platform, called MEB. It is the future and the past meeting.
Electric Beetle is called eKäfer – uniting the German name of the model and its electric propulsion – Photo: Press Release / Volkswagen