Ford Could Build More Than One MEB-Based EV In Europe

Ford could end up building more than one model based on VW’s MEB platform, according to Ford of Europe boss, Stuart Rowley.

Rowley told German business paper Handelsblatt that making just one model made no sense financially and that a decision about whether or not they should build a second model could be made soon, as reported by Autonews Europe.

“Yes, we are in talks about this,” said Rowley.

Ford’s initial plan was to use VW’s MEB platform in order to design a new battery-electric model for its European operations, while expecting to sell more than 600,000 MEB-based vehicles in Europe over the span of six years beginning with 2023. How those numbers would be impacted by the addition of a second fully-electric car, is currently unknown.

Volkswagen meanwhile has invested $7 billion in its MEB architecture since 2016, and their plan for the next decade is to have MEB technology at the center of about 15 million cars from the VW brand, Audi, Skoda and Seat.

Also read: VW And Ford “Fit Together Really Well”, According To Bill Ford

The first MEB-based model out the gate was the VW ID.3, unveiled last week at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show – with more ID.-branded models expected to arrive in the coming years.

“Scaling our MEB drives down development costs for zero-emissions vehicles, allowing for a broader and faster global adoption of electric vehicles,” said VW CEO Herbert Diess this past summer. “This improves the positions of both companies [VW and Ford] through greater capital efficiency, further growth and improved competitiveness.”

  • driv3r

    No surprise at all. Any sort of car manufacturer cooperation is either for a very specific (niche) product (BMW Z4/Toyota Supra) or something very essential (like a shared use of a platform). Ford will use the MEB platform for even more than only one or two models. We can be very sure about that.

  • Ilbirs

    As it’s being said that the Blue Oval will use the MEB platform and its associate components, seems to me that these electric models will be restricted to Europe, while that Mustang-like crossover we’re seeing in tests can be something more global and a full-blooded Ford.

  • Giannis Antypas

    To rely with lots of models on borrowing technology is not a good sign
    unless you don’t care about merging or being bought out.

  • Mr. EP9

    With their levels of quality control? I don’t think so.

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