The e-Beetle's battery system is built into the underbody (which explains those slightly awkward thick sills) and consists of 14 modules with a capacity of 2.6 kWh each delivering energy of up to 36.8 kWh.
Volkswagen Group Components says that the higher performance and the increased weight due also required the adaptation and reinforcement of the chassis and the brakes.
The e-Beetle accelerates to 50 km/h in just under four seconds and to 80 km in just over eight seconds which, while slow by EV standards, still makes it far quicker than the original. It has a top speed of 150 km/h and a range of 200 km. The company says use of built-in series-produced components allow for fast charging via a combined charging system, making it possible to get 150 km of range into the e-Beetle after charging for around an hour.