The all-new modular architecture MEB for electric cars might represent the salvation for the iconic Beetle – as today the model is actually threatened with the retirement asylum.
Refreshed with an all-new generation back in 2011, the Beetle is currently seeing its existence threatened, as the company goes through the Dieselgate money-consuming scandal and sales aren’t going so well. Apparently all is not lost for the retro-flavored model, as the rumor mill is indicating the electric MEB platform might represent the salvation. During the 2017 NAIAS event in Detroit, the brand’s chief of design Klaus Bischoff hinted the popular nameplate could enter the revolutionary electric strategy.
“There have been no decisions so far,” commented Biscoff, “but it’s possible the Bug’s future is electric.” That could bode well with Volkswagen’s new strategy to completely change its philosophy in the coming years and introduce no less than 30 electric cars by 2025. This is part of the company’s decision to “make e-mobility a new hallmark of Volkswagen” as they look to sell more than two million electric units by the end of the next decade. The two options are simple – either go for a hybrid / plug in hybrid Beetle based on the MQB or full electric on the new MEB.