Volkswagen is planning on building a new, all-electric version of its famous Microbus, the I.D. Buzz, and that might not be the only retro EV it builds. , VW brand chief Herbert Diess said he's considering basing the next Beetle on the company's new electric-vehicle MEB platform. And in a throwback to the original, it'll be rear-wheel drive.
"The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need," Diess told Autocar. When asked to explain "emotional concepts" he used the new Microbus as an example, and mentioned other possibilities for new retro VWs. Diess hasn't decided whether or not VW will build another Beetle, but if it does, it'll be an EV.
"If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive," he said.
Building a new Beetle as a dedicated EV would bring back one hallmark of the original that its two modern successors never recreated—incredible space utilization. The genius of the original Beetle is that virtually all of its drivetrain components were mounted behind the rear axle, providing ample room for five and their luggage in the front.
While a new, electric Beetle isn't confirmed yet, there's reason to be optimistic for it. Diess was a major champion for the return of the Microbus, so clearly he's into the whole retro EV thing.