[07.03.2019] Volkswagen is opening its electromobility platform for other automakers and e.GO is now having its electric cars built by the VW group.
The Volkswagen Group will also open its electrification kit (MEB) for other manufacturers. By spreading the MEB as widely as possible and the associated economies of scale, the costs of e-mobility can be significantly reduced. In the future, individual mobility will become affordable and usable for many people in the future as well. In the first phase, the Volkswagen Group planned around 15 million pure e-vehicles at the MEB. As the world's first external partner, the Aachen-based e.GOe.GO Mobile AG is to use the electrification kit to bring the Volkswagen model range of complementary electric cars onto the market. A concrete vehicle project is currently being planned. With the ID. At the Geneva Motor Show, BUGGY shows Volkswagen the variability of the MEB even for small batches that can be realized easily and cheaply.
Dr. Herbert Diess (CEO of Volkswagen AG) says:
"We have proved that we are platform professionals with our Modular Transverse Toolkit. Over 100 million of our vehicles are based on this platform. With the MEB platform, we are transferring this successful concept to the era of the electric era and opening ourselves to third parties. The MEB is to be established as the standard of e-mobility. On its basis, we make individual mobility CO2-neutral, safe, comfortable and accessible to as many people as possible. Because even emotional small series vehicles like the ID. BUGGY can be implemented easily and inexpensively on the basis of MEB. I am pleased that with e.GO we have found the first partner who will use our electrification kit as the basis for a joint vehicle project. "
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh (CEO of e.GO Mobile AG) adds:
"We are very pleased that the Volkswagen Group offered us this cooperation. We can use the agility of e.GO in product development and our strength in building small series vehicles based on aluminum profile spaceframes. And the MEB platform will make us even faster, more robust and cheaper. "
For Volkswagen, 2019 is a key year for the e-offensive, which will be further accelerated in the coming years. In Geneva, the Volkswagen Group is showing numerous e-vehicles and e-studies that will be coming to customers over the next few years, such as the Audi e-tron GT, the Skoda Vision iV, the SEAT Urban Car or the ID. BUGGY.
By 2023, Volkswagen is investing just under € 44 billion in electrification, digitization, mobility services and autonomous driving, € 30 billion of which alone in e-mobility. By 2025, e-cars should account for around a quarter of the model portfolio.
E.GO Mobile AG is considered one of the pioneers of electromobility. Günther Schuh founded. In agile teams, e.GO is working on various low-cost and customer-oriented electric vehicles for short-distance traffic.