For the first time, a platform will be made available to other manufacturers with the goal of providing a decisive push towards e-mobility.
The Volkswagen Group’s e-mobility strategy involves a key element: the MEB (Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten), in other words the modular platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. These three letters represent incredible potential, if you consider that the MEB will be the base for nearly 15 million electric vehicles of the Group’s brands in the next few years.
It is an ambitious project, with the goal of paving the way towards e-mobility thanks to a fast and efficient production strategy, which will allow reductions in costs, and consequently make electric cars less expensive and therefore more easily accessible.
It is precisely for this reason that the Volkswagen Group has decided to make the MEB available to other manufacturers. The first partner will be e.GO, a German company that produces electric vehicles for short distances: the agreement was made official at the Geneva Motor Show, and provides for the development of a joint project.
The Group’s commitment to achieving zero-emissions mobility is backed up by the huge investments it is making: 30 billion Euros by 2023, destined not only to create new products but also to develop new expertise – a good example are batteries – to redevelop plants to make them suitable for e-mobility production, and to train employees.
Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, and Günther Schuh, CEO of e.GO, on the concept ID. BUGGY
This sustainable approach concerns not only cars, but also each and every step: from design to production, right through to recycling materials. And, considering that the recharging infrastructure is one of the keys to the success of electric mobility, the Volkswagen Group has developed an intelligent solution which contributes to spreading the network as widely as possible: the flexible fast charging station, effectively an extremely compact mobile box (the base measures 120x100 cm) which allows simultaneous charging of four vehicles (two at 100 kW DC) everywhere, borrowing the operating principle of a common power bank for mobile devices.
The flexible quick-charging station