Ford Motor may soon borrow technology from Volkswagen’s electric vehicles for a second model to be sold in Europe. Negotiations that Ford uses VW architecture. in particular, the MEB “cart”, for another electric vehicle, could lead to an agreement in the coming weeks, people familiar with the situation said. Ford has already said it plans to produce the vehicle using MEB in Cologne, Germany, from 2023.
“As we said earlier, there is potential for a second all-electric vehicle based on the MEB platform in Cologne, but this is still under consideration,” Ford of Europe said in a statement. VW declined to comment.
Ford accelerated the development of electric vehicles under the leadership of CEO Jim Farley, one of the main architects of the alliance that the two companies formed in 2018. Their collaboration initially focused on commercial vans and expanded to include self-driving technology and electric vehicles a year later.
Ford did not disclose details of the electric vehicle it will build in Cologne in two years. However, earlier this week, the company announced that it is investing $ 300 million to build a new light commercial vehicle at its Craiova, Romania plant, including an all-electric version due in 2024. This vehicle will not use VW’s electric vehicle technology.