Volkswagen could offer rivals its EV platform
Volkswagen is reportedly in talks with a number of other manufacturers about supplying them with its electric MEB platform.
VW Group’s head of strategy, Michael Jost, confirmed the news to a German newspaper, saying that Volkswagen is the “industry forerunner in terms of cost and scalability,” and that he wants to offer the use of the new platform to the entire industry.
Jost did not name which makers VW is in discussions with but Ford is probably a good bet, since they have already announced a partnership on light commercial vans and pick-ups.
Electric vehicles are not part of the initial deal but the two automakers have signed a memorandum of understanding to look into autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles going forward.
The MEB platform will underpin up to 15 million Volkswagen Group EVs by 2025. That includes brands like Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The Group announced last year that it had set aside €30 billion for development of both the platform and a range of all-electric vehicles.
So far four I.D. vehicles are confirmed to make production - the Hatchback, Buzz, Crozz and Vizzion. More than 50 EV models will be on offer by 2025, including a budget electric car the size of the T-Roc.