VW has announced it is allowing other manufacturers to use its Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) architecture so that EVs can gain traction.
“The purpose is to achieve a significant reduction in the cost of e-mobility through the widest possible deployment of the MEB and the associated economies of scale, thus enabling broad access to individual mobility to continue in future,” Volkswagen said in a statement.
The carmaker has already identified a company that wants to use the MEB architecture: Aachen-based e.Go Mobile AG, maker of the Life electric city car. The startup will be the world’s first external partner to use the electric platform. VW says a dedicated vehicle project is already being planned.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen will showcase the MEB’s suitability even for small series production with the ID Buggy concept car.
“The MEB is to establish itself as the standard for e-mobility. Based on the MEB, we will make individual mobility CO2-neutral, safe, comfortable and accessible to as many people as possible. Because the MEB even makes the cost-efficient production of emotional small-series vehicles like the ID Buggy possible,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG.
The German carmaker is investing almost €44 billion ($49.8 billion) in electrification, digitalization, mobility services, and autonomous driving through 2023. Of the total amount, €30 billion ($34 billion) is for e-mobility alone, as VW expects EVs to account for approximately one-quarter of its model range by 2025.