Ford is considering developing a range of electric vehicles based on the Volkswagen MEB architecture.
The two auto giants have already announced an engineering collaboration under which Ford will develop commercial vehicles for the two brands. Ford is also already testing the MEB-based compact SUV, which will be launched in 2023 and will rank one step below the Mustang Mach-E in the brand’s crossover lineup. However, Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley wants the companies to work together on more models.
“We have common views on this, and we have certain things that we agreed with Volkswagen,” Rowley said at the recent Financial Times’ Future of Cars Summit, when asked about building more models based on MEB architecture. “Our alliance should not be limited, and we will look for opportunities to work together for mutual benefit where it makes sense for both companies. I have a point of view [on plans for the future]. ”
Of course, Ford still has its own electric vehicle architecture, which is used in the Mustang Mach-E, and the platform that will also form the basis of the all-electric F-150 Lightning, notes Autocar. However, Rowley said it makes sense for Ford to make the most of VW’s broader presence in Europe, especially in the midsize segment.