On Friday early morning, Reuters reported that the collective alliance in between Ford and Volkswagen is to deepen. Back in January, the 2 vehicle makers revealed strategies to share innovation and platforms, beginning with brand-new business automobiles like vans and medium-sized pickup. At the time, there was much speculation regarding whether VW would likewise offer Ford access to its brand-new MEB architecture, a parts bin and toolkit for developing electrical automobiles.
Although Ford was an early leader in hybrid innovation, recently it has actually dragged other big car manufacturers when it pertains to electrification, especially VW (which has an extremely aggressive strategy to develop battery EVs at scale). When the preliminary collaboration was revealed, it was not for that reason unexpected that VW management was asked whether the collective effort would consist of VW enabling Ford usage of MEB.
In January, VW CEO Herbert Diess informed press reporters that “We remain in positive open dialog to utilize the innovation. Most likely not around the world, however they are feasible for Europe and China.” Nevertheless, there was some uncertainty regarding whether Diess was describing MEB or VW’s light truck platform, which Ford will utilize in markets outside The United States and Canada.
Today’s Reuters story appears to clear all this up. An unnamed source informed Reuters that VW will certainly share MEB with Ford, and a VW board conference on July 11 is the phase for additional internal conversations on the alliance. Reuters likewise recommends that the Ford-VW alliance will include cooperation on self-governing driving innovation. As we detailed in June, VW is ending its collaboration with the start-up Aurora, releasing the German car manufacturer to work rather with Ford-backed Argo AI.