According to the latest report off the rumor mill, the core Volkswagen brand has nailed the finishing touches on the automaker’s new modular MEB platform set to underpin all future electric cars.
This means the entire group can now take advantage of the new architecture, meaning we could be seeing announcements of Skoda and Seat offerings based on it. VW development chief Frank Welsch said “a large interest” for the MEB comes from the other brands so “more than half of all the models definitively planned on this architecture are not Volkswagens,” according to his comments made on the sidelines of the recently closed Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For example, Skoda alone wants five electrified models – plug-ins and EVs – to enter its roster by 2025. According to reports, Seat is still weighing in on the options when it comes to hybrids and EVs.
The VW brand already has electric versions of the Golf and Up! but will deliver an onslaught of electric models starting around 2020 when the first purpose-built EV will arrive. The model in question is a hatchback previewed by the I.D. concept presented late last year during the Paris Motor Show. The second model is expected to be an SUV – one that could be previewed in April during the Auto Shanghai show. Finally, a third model was previewed by the I.D. Buzz concept showed during the 2017 Detroit Auto Show – a possible eight-seat minivan.