Report: Ford to Build Multiple EVs on VW Platform

Volkswagen finally introduced us to the ID.3 in Frankfurt and now it looks like there will be even more vehicles based on its platform than previously believed.

The MEB platform was designed to transform the company’s diesel business into EV sales, the company has been looking for ways to amortize its huge investment. Earlier this year, it revealed that allowing Ford of Europe to build its own cars on the platform would be one of those ways.

Now, a report from Germany’s Handelsblatt indicates that Ford may be interested in building more than just one vehicle on the chassis. Speaking to the publication, Stuart Rowley—Ford of Europe president—said that building just one vehicle doesn’t make much sense. Ford has said that it plans to sell more than 600,000 MEB-based vehicles over a six-year period starting in 2023.

With a set of batteries located under the floor and (optionally) two motors set on either axle, the MEB platform is pretty malleable. That’s a point VW has been eager to prove by unveiling concept vehicles ranging in size from the ID (now the ID.3 production car) to the ID Buzz, VW’s retro microbus-style van.

The company also sought to prove that it was easy to build on this spring by showing off the ID. Crozz, a dune buggy-style off-roader it said would actually be put into low volume production by a small-time German manufacturer.

All of which means that Ford shouldn’t have too much trouble producing a distinct EV all its own.

via Automotive News Europe