Volkswagen and Ford Motor Company have announced that they will expand their alliance based on the involvement of electric cars. In doing so, VW Ford will provide a dedicated platform (MEB) for this type of vehicle. The first electric car of an American brand that will grow on it will be for Europe.
Volkswagen and Ford agreed in January to work closely together in a joint alliance. Its goal is to simplify development and production processes and to ensure competitiveness in the dynamically changing automotive industry. The initial incentive for this was cooperation in the development of commercial supplies and medium-sized pickups for the world market.
An ambitious e-platform
Existing companies have announced that they are extending their cooperation in the field of integration, so that they include electric vehicles. At the same time, Ford will gain access to the new modular platform MEB, which was developed specifically for low and middle class electric cars.
The Volkswagen Group invested about $ 7 billion in development. By 2022 it will increase to 27 models of brands VW, Skoda, SEAT and Audi. The first will be a compact Volkswagen Hatchback hatchback, which the manufacturer will claim to be as revolutionary as the Beetle and Golf models.
Head of VW Herbert Diess said that he wants MEB to become an industry standard. The German company is thus ready to share this platform with non-concern producers and Ford's associations. In doing so, she agreed with e.GO Mobile, which wants to become Tesla for the masses.
Electric Ford "MEB" for Europe
The first Ford electric car to be built on the MEB platform will be for Europe. In six years, 600,000 units will be produced in Germany. Volkswagen will be a supplier of parts and components for the production of the MEB platform.
But this indefinite model will not be visible until 2023. Before that, Ford introduced other electric vehicles on the European market. The first will be a medium SUV with a range of 600 km (WLTP), which will start selling next year.
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