Ford plans to use Volkswagen MEB platform

Ford plans to use Volkswagen MEB platform

September 18, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The American company intends to create several models based on the platform for electric vehicles MEB German automaker Volkswagen.

Stuart Rowley, head of the European division of Ford, said in an interview with the German publication that creating only one model on the basis of this platform has no economic justification, and that a decision on whether to create a second model can be made in the near future, after the negotiations are completed.

Ford planned to use the MEB platform to develop a new electric car aimed at European customers, whose sales should be more than 600 thousand copies within 6 years, starting in 2023. Volkswagen, meanwhile, has invested $ 7 billion in its platform since 2016, hoping that in the next decade, architecture has formed the basis of about 15 million Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars.

The ID.3 electric hatchback introduced last week in Frankfurt was the first production model based on the new platform.

“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 by increasing the efficiency of capital utilization, further growth and increasing competitiveness, ” – said Herbert Diss, CEO of VW.