Volkswagen Group MEB platform
The Volkswagen Group MEB platform (German: Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten) is a modular car platform for electric cars developed by the Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries. It is used in models of Audi, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen. The architecture is aimed to "consolidate electronic controls and reduce the number of microprocessors, advance the application of new driver-assistance technology and somewhat alter the way cars are built" by the VW Group.
The MEB platform is part of a wide strategy to start production of new battery electric vehicles between 2019 and 2025. In 2017, the VW Group announced a gradual transition from combustion engine to battery electric vehicles with all 300 models across 12 brands having an electric version by 2030.
As of May 2018, the VW Group has committed $48 billion in car battery supplies and plans to outfit 16 factories to build electric cars by the end of 2022. The upcoming Volkswagen-branded production cars will be assembled in VW's Zwickau plant in Germany for the European market from 2020, while two production centers in North America and China are planned to be "launched at almost the same time". The Škoda-branded SUV Vision E is to be produced in the Škoda plant Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, along with electric motors and electric car batteries.
Two types of the MEB platform have been developed: one for passenger vehicles and one for utility automobiles that accommodate heavier cargo.
- Audi Q4 e-tron (production version from late 2020 or early 2021)
- SEAT el-Born (production version from 2020)
- Volkswagen I.D. (production version November 2019)
- Volkswagen I.D. Crozz (production version from 2020)
- Volkswagen I.D. Buzz (production version from 2022)
- Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion (production version from 2022)
- Volkswagen I.D. Buggy
Audi and Porsche are jointly developing the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) for larger models. It is to be used in next generation of electric cars from 2021 after Porsche's Mission E and Audi's E-tron Quattro SUV, that are planned go into production by 2019 or 2020.
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