‘You Get a Platform, and YOU Get a Platform…’ – Volkswagen, Maybe?

Volkswagen could be on the verge of going Oprah, tossing electric MEB platforms to adoring fans like a pile of Pontiac G6s.

After forging an alliance with Ford — a partnership that might result in MEB-based Blue Oval vehicles — the automaker is reportedly looking at making its EV architecture available to anyone who wants it.

This news comes by way of Reuters, which cites a comment made by VW strategy chief Michael Jost in the German Tagesspiegel newspaper Wednesday.

While VW already has lofty plans for the modular platform, with numerous models and millions of vehicles anticipated in the coming years, Jost said the company wants MEB to become “a standard not only for the VW group.”

The automaker is currently engaged in “advanced” talks with rivals overuse of the platform, Reuters reports.

Such an arrangement would benefit automakers who lag behind in EV development due to lack of resources, as well as provide an option for companies unwilling to sink huge development costs into a technology that might not sell in great enough numbers to make the venture worthwhile. Also, no one wants to lose the range war. VW’s MEB-platform vehicles are said to boast driving ranges of up to 340 miles on the WLTP cycle.

While Ford hasn’t said whether it will field an MEB-based vehicle, VW will launch a Ranger-based pickup — once the next-generation version of Ford’s midsizer shows up.

a version of this article first appeared on TTAC