Ford is to produce another electric model for the European market based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform as the two automakers agree to expand their e-mobility partnership.
The American marque has also announced that it plans to double its MEB volume to 1.2 million units over a six-year period.
Designed as an open vehicle platform, the MEB (Modular Electric Drive Matrix) allows other automakers to electrify their portfolio quickly and cost-effectively.
“Profitability and speed are now crucial for finally achieving the breakthrough of e-mobility in Europe,” said Thomas Schmall, chief executive of Volkswagen Group Components.
“We are tackling both together with Ford. Today’s agreement will further accelerate the electrification of the two companies. This is also proof of the strengths of the MEB, which provides a unique package of high-tech, competitive costs and speed in implementing projects. The electric platform is thus the ideal solution for companies looking to speed up their electrification.”
Ford had originally planned to release just one model using the MEB, which is due to launch in 2023. Details of the second model have not been released yet. At this stage the vehicle is a near production concept car.
Currently, the MEB platform provides the technology base for ten EVs from five brands. In 2021, it was used to build 300,000 units making it one of the leading electric platforms globally.
Most recently, the MEB provided the base for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, which celebrated its world premiere last week.
Stuart Rowley, chair of Ford of Europe, added: “Our strategic alliance with Volkswagen is an important element of Ford’s commitment to offer an all-electric range of vehicles that are uniquely Ford and designed to meet the mobility needs of a modern Europe that is leading the fight against climate change.”