Volkswagen says the MEB platform that will underpin its I.D. electric-vehicle family will be even more scalable than the MQB architecture used for 80 percent of the group’s combustion engine cars.
Because of that flexibility, MEB, which is a German abbreviation for Modular Electric Toolkit, could give VW a decisive edge over industry competitors when it comes to economies of scale. “This is a platform to generate volume by using the same parts in a wide variety of models,” Tino Fuhrmann, project leader and head of the MEB model line, said during a presentation at VW’s factory in Dresden, Germany. “We have less variance than MQB, which is something we needed.”
Those benefits were possible because Fuhrmann and his team tapped into the expertise VW has gained from years of using MQB, which is short for modular transverse matrix. The architecture is utilized in millions of VW Group combustion engine cars ranging in size from the VW Polo small hatchback to the 4900mm-long Skoda Superb sedan. “All that we know from MQB, we put into MEB to get the best scale possible,” Fuhrmann said.