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Volkswagen will share the electric car platform with Ford, says Reuters



  An illustration of VW's MEB modular electric vehicle architecture. VW is giving up to put MEB-based vehicles in mass production over the next 18 months.
Enlarge / An illustration of VW's MEB modular electric vehicle architecture. VW is giving up to put MEB-based vehicles in mass production over the next 18 months.

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On Friday morning, Reuters reported that the alliance between Ford and Volkswagen should elaborate. Back in January, the two car manufacturers announced the sharing of technology and platforms and began with new commercial vehicles such as vans and medium-sized trucks. At that time, there was a lot of speculation as to whether VW would also give Ford access to its new MEB architecture, a spare part and toolbox for building electric vehicles.

Although Ford was an early leader in hybrid technology, in recent years, they have been behind other major car manufacturers in electrification, especially VW (which has a very aggressive plan to build battery EV in scale). Therefore, when the first partnership was announced, it was not surprising that the VW management was asked whether the partnership would include VW allowing Ford to use the MEB.

In January, VW CEO Herbert Diess told "We are in constructive open dialogue to harness the technology. Probably not worldwide, but they are viable for Europe and China. "However, there was ambiguity about Diess referring to MEB or VW's light truck platform that Ford wants to use in markets outside North America. share MEB with Ford, and a VW board meeting on July 11 is the stage for further internal discussions on the alliance, and Reuters also suggests that the Ford-VW alliance will involve collaboration on autonomous vehicle technology. Aurora, frees the German car manufacturer to work instead with Ford-backed Argo AI.


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