The Volkswagen Group has reached a major milestone with the introduction of one million electric vehicles based on the automaker’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) architecture, a platform dedicated to electric vehicles. The MEB platform plays a vital role in the brand’s overall electrification strategy. It supports several models of the different brands of the automotive group, including Audi, Cupra, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The MEB platform is a modular architecture used by several of Volkswagen’s car brands. In addition, eight different factories around the world use the platform to produce electric vehicles. Volkswagen said on its official Twitter account that it has achieved the milestone of producing one million electric vehicles with the help of five brands: Audi, Cupra, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Business.
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Officially launched in 2018, the MEB platform plays a key role in Volkswagen’s electric vehicle strategy. With the platform, the German automaker was able to accelerate its electric vehicle expansion strategy, which is currently the backbone of several electric vehicles. Currently, the MEB platform supports a total of 14 electric vehicles from different brands, ranging from the Audi Q4 e-tron to the Volkswagen ID.7.
Interestingly, in addition to Volkswagen, Ford also uses a modified version of the MEB platform for its Explorer electric crossover. Fisker is also in talks with Volkswagen to use the MEB platform on its Ocean electric SUV. However, the deal between Volkswagen and Fisker did not materialize.
The MEB-based vehicle uses two different electric motors: the APP 310 permanent magnet brushless motor capable of producing up to 310 Nm of torque and the new AP 550 capable of producing 550 Nm of torque.
The German automotive group is currently developing the next-generation MEB platform, which will be called MEB+. This will have higher charging speeds and offer better range than the current MEB platform.
First published date: Jun 22, 2023 at 09:39 AM EST