At last January’s Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen and Ford announced a partnership for commercial vehicles and midsize pickups. It has now evolved to involve EVs.
This is yet again but one example where carmakers are partnering up to either share existing technologies or to co-develop them. In this instance, it’s a case where Ford has something Volkswagen wants and vice-versa. Last January, they announced a deal for commercial vehicles but this new development involves electric and autonomous technologies.
According to a Reuters story, Volkswagen will share its advanced MEB electric vehicle platform with Ford. We could point out that this somewhat odd as Ford’s had a leg-up on much of its competition with its hybrids and plug-in hybrids but graduating to a full-electric platform is clearly not that simple.
A meeting is to be held between the two car companies to work out more details. The outcome of this can only be positive. By swapping expertise, both brands will realize economies of scale and further boost production for their respective technology. Relatedly, more small pickups and more electric vehicles in showrooms and available for purchase means more options, more competition and eventually, more attainable products.
Autonomous car technology is said to also be part of the talks. Once more, Ford’s also invested heavily in this field only to realize that they’d more or less jump the gun. With VW on board, future R&D costs will be shared.