Ford Slated To Receive VW’s MEB Platform For Electric Vehicles

The partnership between Ford and Volkswagen is set to expand as a new report is indicating the two companies have reached an agreement to share autonomous and electric vehicle technology.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters is reporting the automakers have reached an “outline agreement” which will see Ford receive Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Details are limited, but Volkswagen’s supervisory board will reportedly discuss the matter later this week.

When reached for comment, a Ford spokesperson told the publication “Our talks with Volkswagen continue” and “discussions have been productive across a number of areas.” While they declined to confirm the reported agreement on autonomous and electric vehicles, the spokesperson said “We’ll share updates as details become more firm.”

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The report is light on specifics, but access to the MEB platform would be a boon for Ford as it would give the company a purpose-built architecture for affordable electric vehicles. The platform is also highly flexible and Volkswagen has already announced it will underpin a number of different models including a crossover, hatchback and van.

Volkswagen is gearing up to introduce the first production model based on the architecture later this year. As previously announced, the ID.3 will have a 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) electric motor and a starting price of less than €30,000 ($33,653 / £26,888). There will also be a special edition called the ID.3 1st which will have a 58 kWh battery which enables the hatchback to have a range of approximately 261 miles (420 km) according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

Also Read: VW’s MEB Modular Electric Matrix Unveiled As The MQB For EVs

The MEB platform has been designed to accommodate batteries with different capacities and Volkswagen has said vehicles based on the platform will have a maximum range of between 205 miles (330 km) and 342 miles (550 km). Of course, that range is largely dependent on the size of the battery and the vehicle’s body style.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Same chassis, an electric motor with little in the way of discernible characteristics. Welcome to the world of different make, same car.

  • TheBelltower

    If VW ever makes this stupid minibus, I’ll be the first in line to buy one. Not interested in the boring AF hatchback.

  • Mr. EP9

    Autonomous technology? Check
    EV collaboration? Check
    Commercial vehicles? Check

    Anything else I’m missing because it sounds like they’ll just be co-developing everything.

  • HOW IS IT THAT A SMALL START UP LIKE TESLA CAN PUT VIABLE CARS ON THE ROAD AND THESE MAJOR COMPANIES NEED TO POOL THEIR RESOURCES AND STILL CAN’T CATCH UP?

    • Galaxium

      They’re trying to create viable EVs that exist in the 20-30k range.

      Unless you’re a luxury brand, like Porsche or Mercedes, you can’t sell 70-100k EVs.

      • MODEL 3’S RANGE FROM $40-60K. CERTAINLY THE BIG COMPANIES WITH ALL THEIR RESOURCES CAN DO THE SAME.

        • ThatGuy

          Yes and should be able to do the same at a price very affordable to all.

    • ME

      Can you not use all caps?

      • SORRY, THEY’RE HERE TO STAY.
        NOW ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT MY COMMENT OR ARE YOU JUST HERE TO COMPLAIN?

        • ME

          Why do you use it? People may think you’re yelling.

          • I’VE EXPLAINED THAT MANY TIMES HERE AND QUITE FRANKLY I’M TIRED. IF IT BOTHERS ANYONE THEY CAN USE THE BLOCK USER BUTTON. MY COMMENTS AREN’T MANDATORY READING.

  • All car makers should come together with governements to install a network of chargers and use one type of plug. You like Tesla or not, it’s the only brand you can buy an electric car and travel with it, not just go to work.

  • Enter Ranting

    Ford is looking to partner with VW for electrical components?!

  • Galaxium

    20-30K is a very standard range for people who are looking to buy a brand new, entry-level car in the US.

    A lot of the mainstream manufacturers are trying to get EVs accessible at significantly lower prices.

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