VW floats plan for an electric, zero-emissions Beetle

November 14, 2017 by  
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Volkswagen’s Beetle is iconic – and according to recent reports, the car company actively considering developing an electric version. Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand told Autocar they’re mulling over an electric successor to the Beetle of today utilizing their Modular Electric Baukasten (MEB) platform. He said such an electric Beetle would actually be “much closer to history” as it could be rear-wheel drive like the VW Beetles of our 1960’s dreams. Will Volkswagen draw on nostalgia – blended with modern, zero-emissions technology – for a Beetle of the future? The carmaker hasn’t yet made a firm decision about the car’s successor, according to Diess, but he did hint any direct successor would be electric. He told Autocar, “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.” Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV Autocar reports an electric Beetle is one of many proposals to be given to Volkswagen board members when they gather to vote on how they want to build on the initial range of electric vehicles . Diess told Autocar, “The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need” – referring to the nostalgia surrounding designs like the Beetle or the Microbus . He said the MEB platform is already set to support as many as 15 new electric models – five will be sold with the Volkswagen name. An electric Beetle could open up options for Volkswagen – Diess said the MEB platform is very flexible. Autocar said the rear-wheel drive and rear-mounted electric motor of the ID hatchback shown at the Paris Motor Show last year are similar to the original Beetle. An electric Beetle could have a front luggage compartment. Via Autocar and Engadget Images via Evan Kirby on Unsplash and Nine Köpfer on Unsplash

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Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins

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Researchers at Chichen Itza, a massive Mayan city founded over 1,400 years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico , have discovered a new secret passage that may be connected to an underground cave at the Temple of Kukulkan. The discovery was made by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda and his team of researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, who used advanced imaging techniques, such as lidar, to uncover the hidden passageway. Water-filled caves known as cenotes were sometimes used in Mayan sacrificial rituals and the researchers hope to find evidence of such practices as well as additional information about how the Mayans lived. The team originally uncovered the passageway by using lidar, a form of radar that sends electromagnetic signals through walls and other structures within Kulkulkan to create a virtual map of the temple’s interior. Now that they are aware of the passageway’s existence, the researchers are hoping to pinpoint its location and explore the passageway in person. In an interview with El Universal , Dr. de Anda stated that the Mayans likely sealed the passageway themselves, adding intrigue to what might be discovered behind these closed doors. Related: 15-year-old student discovers lost Mayan city The pyramidal Temple of Kulkulkan was built to honor the Mayan serpent god Kulkulkan, of which little is known by modern people. Researchers originally discovered the cenote which lies beneath the 1,000-year-old Kulkulkan in 2015. There is concern that the water-filled cenote, which is fed by an underground river , may be threatening the integrity of the ground on which the temple stands, threatening it with collapse. Some archaeologists suggest that the Temple was deliberately built over the cenote because it was believed that the river that flows below occupied the center of the Mayan universe, nurturing the roots of the “tree,” or temple, above. Via the Daily Mail Images via Depositphotos (1)  

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