The gasoline-powered Beetle will exit production next year, but the British magazine Autocar reports that an electric version is awaiting a green light from VW's top executives.
According to Autocar, the electric Beetle would share Volkswagen's MEB electric vehicle platform with other I.D. models, but it would be a four-door rather than a two-door. The motivation for such a change is versatility. Indeed, VW has contemplated four-door Beetles before.
"The Beetle of today is a very attractive two-door coupe or convertible, but it is limited in the amount of cars that it can sell because it's a niche," VW design boss Klaus Bischoff told the magazine.
"If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase [possible] is the I.D. [hatch]. If you took that and did the Beetle on it, you have plenty of room so there's no compromise in functionality anymore. So, it could be a very attractive car."
Volkswagen's I.D. range of EVs is set to start rolling out in 2020.