Automakers Ford and Volkswagen at the moment introduced a collaboration overlaying quite a few areas, including autonomy (through a new VW investment in Argo AI) and cooperation within the growth of electrical autos. With this EV tie-up, Ford will use Volkswagen's MEB platform, which it makes use of because the core of its upcoming line of shopper electrical autos, to develop "a minimum of one" absolutely electrical automobile for the European market designed to be are produced and bought at scale.
Volkswagen's MEB is an enormous gamble from the German automaker, meant to supply for absolutely electrical fashions what the MQB platform beforehand did for vehicles with the automaker's inside combustion engine. The thought behind these platforms is that they’re modular and versatile sufficient to cowl a spread of various car varieties, whereas making certain that there’s sufficient of a repeatable core that drastically reduces the price of redevelopment from mannequin to mannequin.
The MEB platform is already deliberate to be used in quite a few introduced autos launched by VW and VW group automakers, together with Audi, SEAT, Skoda and extra between 2019 and 2023. Ford would be the first introduced automaker outdoors the Volkswagen Group make use of the MEB. The automobile producers point out that there are presently solely concrete plans for a single mannequin, however the choice to increase that to extra pending the preliminary collaboration is embedded within the deal.
Ford additionally plans to ship greater than 600,000 vehicles to the European market based mostly on the CBG structure for the primary mannequin within the first six years alone, and automobile producers observe in a press launch that concerns are for a second Ford mannequin to be developed based mostly on the platform. Ford says within the launch that that is solely a part of its total, steady dedication to EV & # 39; s and that its work on crossover and different imported US market fashions, together with Mustang and Explorer, for Europe will proceed. Each automobile producers additionally stay unbiased and individually owned.
The overall particulars of a partnership between the 2 automakers have been reported as within the manufacturing unit by Reuters earlier this month, however is now formally confirmed by each automobile producers. VW additionally introduced earlier that the German startup e.Go would develop a car based mostly on the MEB, however particulars of that plan usually are not identified and Ford is the primary firm to really make and ship vehicles utilizing # 39; s Volkswagen Group expertise in a mannequin with concrete launch timing and intention for scale manufacturing.