VW Open To Sharing MEB Platform For Electric Vehicles With Ford

Ford’s electric vehicle lineup is looking pretty sad these days as your only choice is to pick up one of the few remaining Focus Electric models that are only available in a handful of states.

The model never caught on with consumers and Ford wasn’t even particularly thrilled about it as company’s global director of electrification, Ted Cannis, effectively called it a compliance car that’s “not too exciting.” It’s not hard to understand way the model was such a failure as the 2016 Focus Electric had a range of just 76 miles (122 km). Ford eventually installed a better battery pack, but even that couldn’t make the Focus Electric competitive as the range was just 115 miles (185 km) according to EPA estimates.

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric vehicle promises to fix the Focus’ many shortcomings, but the company hasn’t reveal much about the crossover and it already faced backlash after hinting it could be called the Mach 1. Aside from a few teasers, little is known about the model except that it will be launched in 2020 and have a range of approximately 300 miles (483 km).

It’s one of 16 new electric vehicles the company is working on and all of them are slated to arrive by 2022. While Ford is obviously pretty invested in EVs at this point, Volkswagen CFO Frank Witter suggested their partnership talks with Ford could result in the Blue Oval getting access to the company’s MEB platform which has been specifically designed for electric vehicles.

As Automotive News reports, Witter said “Whether we might provide access to other brands outside of the VW Group is theoretically possible, but there is no decision.” That leaves the door open for Ford to use the platform, but that’s far from certain at this point.

It also remains unclear if Ford would even be interested in using the MEB platform as the company’s own electric vehicle program is pretty advanced at this point. However, access to the platform could provide Ford with a quick and affordable way to bring electric vehicles to market.

  • Ilbirs

    My guess: Ford and VW are already working together on a electric-specific platform that in the Blue Oval will give birth to the Mach 1 and in VW, to the MEB range. Maybe these rumors we’re hearing are a form of making the customer used to both the idea of a base shared by the two groups. I’m using as parameter what was happening inside Opel before its sale to PSA and transplanting a bit of the logic to this situation.

  • charlie bear

    With these news about VW and Ford coming drop by drop everyday, I think VW is not far from announcing a merger with Ford.

    • designer_dick

      I don’t think it will be a merger. I think Volkswagen will eventually acquire Ford.

      • MarketAndChurch

        vw cant afford that right now, and maybe not in the next 3 years.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Henry is rolling in his grave right now.

  • KIND OF TIRED READING THESE ARTICLES OF THE PROBLEMS MAJOR CAR COMPANIES ARE HAVING DEVELOPING ELECTRICS. ALL THE WHILE PEOPLE WHINING ABOUT TESLA, HOPING FOR THEIR DEMISE.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      They’re just mad that they (Tesla) have made them actually work for their money again. So used to smoking packs that they’ve forgotten how to innovate.

      Well, unless a financial crisis forces them to…

  • performante

    How about no. Don’t mix VW with Ford’s questionable future, and short sighted CEO.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Ford does realize I was joking when I called them “Volkswagen” before, right?

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