Ford and VWG expand partnership

Ford and the Volkswagen Group are expanding their e-mobility partnership, which includes e-mobility, commercial vehicles and autonomous driving.

The news comes after Ford announced it will develop a new model based on the Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform, and double its MEB volume to 1.2 million units over a six-year timeframe.

Meanwhile, for Volkswagen, expanding the collaboration with Ford will take it one step closer to becoming a platform supplier for electric vehicles as a further pillar in addition to the core business.

The MEB platform can be used by various brands and manufacturers and provides the technology base for 10 electric models from five brands. It was used to build approximately 300,000 units in 2021

Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group board of management member for technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, said: “Profitability and speed are now crucial for finally achieving the breakthrough of e-mobility in Europe. We are tackling both together with Ford. This agreement will further accelerate the electrification of the two companies. This is also proof of the strengths of the MEB, which provides a unique package of high-tech, competitive costs and speed in implementing projects. The electric platform is thus the ideal solution for companies looking to speed up their electrification.”

Stuart Rowley, chair of Ford of Europe: “Our strategic alliance with Volkswagen is an important element of Ford’s commitment to offer an all-electric range of vehicles that are uniquely Ford and designed to meet the mobility needs of a modern Europe that is leading the fight against climate change.”