Last week, the Volkswagen EV platform was announced completed for its modular MEB design. In fact, the company's development head, Frank Welsch, indicated in Las Vegas that the VW Skoda and Seat would incorporate such designs.
Although the Volkswagen electric vehicles such as the Golf and Up! had been made available for purchase as early as this decade, the rest of the VW EV platform models would be sold by 2020. The MEB platform was deemed to be the basis for updated electrified versions of models such as Tiguan, Golf and Passat and would be featured through the Skoda plug-in models by 2020.
As reported by Auto Blog, the brand had struggled in creating vehicles that would redeem them from the diesel-emissions testing scandal which cost them $15 billion in US settlements alone. The said Volkswagen EV platform was set to be their ticket to earn their reputation back with at least 30 plug-in models to be featured in the next decade.
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The electric vehicles were said to have an I.D. concept vehicle and would look like the BMW i3 as was presented during the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Furthermore, it was speculated that the Volkswagen EV platform model may run 373mi with just a single charge. Furthermore, as unveiled during the 2016 Shanghai Auto Show, the microbus version was likewise featured with an I.D. concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Per Auto News, the embodiment of the upcoming vehicles of the said platform were to open doors for other brands to develop their own full-electric versions as well. Per Welsch, the brand had been incorporating modular architectures to their models but only a few harnessed the specifications. However, future VW premium brands were said to be installed with the MEB platform in the future.
After the Volkswagen EV platform had been finalized, the company would still continue to sell the Golf and other electric vehicles with present developments. However, at least 30 of these would incorporate the MEB platform by 2020.