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Volkswagen says it is open to the idea of sharing its Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten (MEB) or modular electric drive matrix platform with competitors, Reuters reports. According to VW strategy chief Michael Jost, the automaker is in advanced talks with competitors over opening its modular MEB platform to rivals.
Speaking to German newspaper Tagesspiegel earlier this week, Jost was quoted as saying that Volkswagen is looking at MEB being “a standard not only for the VW group.”
Developed specifically for electric vehicles, MEB is set to become the de facto electrification platform for all brands in the Volkswagen group portfolio, including Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The dedicated platform is flexible in terms of applications, able to cover offerings ranging from compact class vehicles to SUVs, sedans and vans. For the VW group applications, MEB models will be similar in size to that of current vehicles based on the Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) – or modular transverse matrix – platform.
Earlier this month, the company said it was in constructive talks to share the MEB platform with Ford, with which it has entered into a wide-ranging partnership. The two automakers have begun the alliance by announcing that they will be developing commercial vans and medium-sized pick-up trucks for global markets together.