VW talking with Ford about EV tech partnership
Volkswagen, “the people’s car” brand, is in talks with Ford to possibly develop a partnership that would see extensive electric vehicle technology sharing between the two.
Automotive Newsreports the partnership could including VW sharing its new MEB platform. on which its ID lineup is based.
The Buzz, Neo and Crozz are all part of the brand’s plan to build 10 million electric vehicles by the end of the first lifetime of the platform.
Volkswagen has also teased its partnership with Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovations, so the global alliance would be a good move for Ford, which plans to release an electric Mustang SUV at some point.
It’s unclear if the Mustang SUV could ride on the MEB platform, as sharing the platform is “theoretically possible,” according to CEO Frank Witter, but is not confirmed yet.
Partnerships with other automakers to build self-driving cars are also on the table, as VW believes it would give brands more legal precedent in regards to accidents through an industry standard of self-driving technology.
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has also been speculated to consider working with Tesla on future projects, so it’s possible we could see a strange electric car Cold War between the two German brands, backed by friends in America overseas.
The VW ID series is set to start production at the end of November 2019.