Ford intends to make extensive use of the MEB platformSeptember 18, 2019
The American automaker may create several models based on the Volkswagen concern platform for MEB electric cars.
In an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the head of Ford’s European division, Stuart Rowley, said that creating only one model does not make financial sense and that a decision on whether they should create a second model can be made in the near future.
“Yes, we are negotiating about this,” Rowley said.
Ford’s initial plan was to use the MEB platform to develop a new electric model for European buyers, whose sales should be more than 600 thousand cars in Europe over 6 years, starting in 2023.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, has invested $ 7 billion in its MEB architecture since 2016, and their plan for the next decade is to make the platform the basis of approximately 15 million Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars.
The first production model based on the new platform was the ID.3 hatchback, presented last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is expected that in the coming years new models of the ID family will appear.
“Scaling our MEB reduces the cost of developing zero-emission vehicles, which makes it possible to deploy electric vehicles on a global scale faster and faster. This improves the position of both companies [VW and Ford] by increasing the efficiency of capital use, further growth and competitiveness, ”said Herbert Diss, CEO of VW.
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