The German automaker is rumored to be contemplating the business case for a second dedicated EV platform, which should cater to its largest models – including a new generation Phaeton.
According to the latest report, the carmaker is already developing a completely new platform dubbed “MEB” which should fit a variety of model sizes from the Polo to the Passat. This one has already been previewed and the very first model using this modular architecture developed specifically for eco-conscious vehicles will be the production version of the BUDD-e concept. But VW contends the platform might not actually work well for larger models – above the Passat. This is why a second electric architecture might be needed for the bigger models – such as a new generation Phaeton flagship sedan.
According to VW brand head of electronics development, Volkmar Tanneberger, this second platform could be joining the already announced MEB. But VW might not go down that road because the all-electric Audi SUV tentatively called the Q6 and the Porsche Mission E production model already have their own specific platforms that are not connected in any form to the MEB. And since R&D is costly for VW these days, they might go down another road hinted by an executive – since electric cars have better interior space allocation, they might deliver a C-segment size with a D-segment cabin space.