VW MEB Platform Recognized by Autonomous Vehicle Magazine

Volkswagen’s new MEB platform, which will underpin the automaker’s line of ID electric vehicles, has been recognized by Autonomous Vehicle Technology Magazine in its first annual awards edition.

VW’s MEB platform won AVT Magazine’s ‘Electrification’ category for its first ACES Awards (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrificiation and Mobility Services). With VW setting a lofty goal of selling 150,000 EVs a year by 2020 and one million by 2025, it’s easy to see why AVT picked the scalable MEB platform for its electrification award. When it comes to mass adoption for EVs, the MEB platform may prove to be extremely important.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the MEB platform,” said VW America’s president of e-mobility, Matt Renna. “We at Volkswagen are committed to making the electric future of the auto industry a reality, and we believe the technology and scale of the MEB platform can do that.”

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VW also shared some small details on MEB in its press release promoting the award. The automaker said primary elements of the MEB platform “include an electric motor integrated into the rear axle with power electronics and a transmission, a high-voltage flat battery pack installed in the vehicle floor to save space, and auxiliary powertrains integrated into the front end of the vehicle.”

“The MEB architecture will also enable assistance, comfort, infotainment, control and display systems to be integrated into vehicles across the board,” the automaker added.

VW added the ID family of EVs will have “long range and visionary designs,” and will pull direct inspiration from the ID Vizzion, ID Crozz and ID Buzz concept vehicles.

The first VW ID vehicle to arrive will be the fully electric ID Hatch, which is slated for a debut in 2019 followed by a market launch in 2020. The ID Hatch won’t be sold in the US, but we’ll be receiving the similar ID Crozz shortly after.