In an interview with the Berlin-based newspaper “Tagesspiegel”, Jost said that the Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) should be a standard not just for Volkswagen Group: “I believe that as far as costs and scalability are concerned, we are an industry champion. That’s why we intend to make the MEB accessible to our entire industry. That is a paradigm shift for us.” He said Volkswagen was already in advanced talks with some competitors, particularly in the volume segment.
The MEB is the technical foundation for the Volkswagen brand’s ID. family, the coming generation of electric vehicles. The ID. family includes, for example, the compact ID.*, which will begin rolling off the assembly line in Zwickau at the end of 2019, the ID. BUZZ* van, the ID. CROZZ* SUV model and the ID. VIZZION* sedan. The platform is to be used Group-wide for 15 million vehicles by 2025.
Customized for electric vehicles
The MEB was developed as a technology platform specifically for pure electric vehicles. It enables ranges similar to those of today’s gasoline-powered cars and process similar to current diesel models. Furthermore, the MEB architecture enables greater space, variability, comfort and dynamic. The drive consists of an electric motor integrated into the rear axle that includes power electronics and gearbox, a high-voltage, space-saving battery pack located in the vehicle’s floor and auxiliary powertrains built into the front end of the vehicle.