THIS is the springboard for millions and millions of new electric cars.
It is the Volkswagen group’s MEB modular platform, revealed yesterday, and it will underpin the electric cars we buy for the foreseeable future.
It will debut late next year in the ID hatchback, which, it is being speculated, will cost less than a high-spec Golf diesel.
The MEB unveiling came just a day after the group announced plans to build 10 million electric cars based on it. The company expects to have 27 EVs on the platform by 2022.
As part of its “electric for all” drive, Volkswagen also said yesterday it would make EVs at affordable prices. It went as far as to say it would help pave the way “for the breakthrough of electric vehicles”. Strong stuff.
Production of the ID will begin at the Zwickau at the end of 2019. Cars will also be produced at its Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Kassel plants.
As much as €1.2bn is being invested at Zwickau to make it the first pure MEB plant.
The centrepiece of the MEB is the rolling chassis, which (without bodywork and interior) shows exactly how it will be used in production models.
A design prototype of the Volks-Wallbox is also being premiered at a special launch event in Dresden (more from me on that next week).
Volkswagen claims the Wallbox is an “affordable” home system that makes charging easy.
Thomas Ulbrich, brand board member for e-mobility, said the firm was aiming to make electric vehicles “popular” and get as many people as possible interested in them.
He described the MEB as “one of the most important projects in the history of Volkswagen”.
He claimed it was a “technological milestone” similar to the transition from the Beetle to the Golf.
Volkswagen also claims the MEB makes it possible to install larger batteries, thereby extending range.
The flat battery lies in the floorpan, so there is more cabin space.