In a strategy shift, Volkswagen Group will pour new investment into making its MEB full-electric platform competitive against increasingly sophisticated rivals as it pushes back the timeline for a direct replacement.
VW this month announced an upgraded platform, called MEB+, that will offer customers faster charging speeds and longer ranges when it appears in 2026. The overhaul will “leverage the full potential of the successful platform and ensure that it remains competitive,” the automaker said.
No investment figure was given, but Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported that the project will cost 1.5 billion euros.
MEB was touted as the first globally dedicated electric platform when the first car built on it, the VW ID3 compact, was shown in 2019. VW Group licensed the platform to Ford, in addition to using it to underpin models from the its stable of brands including VW, Skoda, Cupra and Audi.
Since then, however, platforms from rivals including Hyundai, Tesla and China’s SAIC have surpassed MEB on measures such as charging speed, cost and packaging.
The planned successor to MEB, a “super platform” dubbed SSP, or Scalable Systems Platform, was to renew VW Group’s competitive edge, starting in 2025 with the Audi Artemis car, followed by the VW Trinity in 2026 and eventually encompassing nearly all models by 2030.
But the Trinity project is reportedly delayed until 2028 amid concerns that development of the E3.0 software stack planned for the SSP platform has fallen behind schedule.