The idea of taking a classic car and fitting it with a modern electric powertrain is nothing new, but Volkswagen is getting in on the trend. 

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Ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, VW showed the E-Beetle on Thursday.

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It's the original Beetle we all know and adore but with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor in place of the traditional internal-combustion engine. 

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In fact, it's a pretty seamless transition since the electric running gear comes from another VW car already in production, the E-Up! subcompact.

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With the E-Up! powertrain, the E-Beetle makes 81 horsepower with a 36.8 kilowatt-hour battery onboard. 

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Weight, subsequently, increases to a far heavier 2,822 pounds compared to a traditional Beetle

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Modern electric powertrains are hardly kind to vehicle curb weights, but VW said the added weight doesn't compromise quick acceleration.

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Mashing the throttle will see the E-Beetle go from 0-31 mph in under four seconds, while 50 mph happens in about eight seconds. 

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Times for an estimated 0-60 mph run weren't provided, but we'd eager 10 seconds is a good guess judging by the times needed for lower speeds.

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Eventually, the electric Beetle will top out at 93 mph.

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