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News Volkswagen Has Now Sold 1 Million EVs Built on the MEB Platform

Volkswagen Has Now Sold 1 Million EVs Built on the MEB Platform

Volkswagen Group's MEB family of electric vehicles have now sold over 1 million units worldwide.

  • The MEB platform is used in North America by the ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron.

  • Five of VW Group’s brands use it in Europe.

  • The company aims to have 80% of its sales be electric by 2030.

Volkswagen has now sold over 1 million electric vehicles based on its MEB platform around the world.

Unveiled back in 2018, the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) is a platform designed specifically for electric vehicles that can be found under many of VW Group’s EVs, especially in Europe.

Indeed, while North American customers can only choose between the ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron in order to drive an EV based on the MEB platform, European customers also have the ID.3, ID.5, the ID. Buzz and the Audi Q5 e-tron to choose from, in addition to a number of models from Skoda and Cupra.

The upcoming Volkswagen ID.7 sedan and the Europe-only Ford Explorer EV will also make use of the MEB platform.

2023 Audi Q4 e-tron Photo: Vincent Aubé

The latter is the result of a collaboration between both automakers that will give Ford a new model to sell in Europe while it develops its own in-house platforms and powertrains.

Including Volkswagen Commercial, the company says the 1 million production milestone for MEB-based vehicles has been reached by five brands, which operate eight factories located across Europe, the United States, and China.

While this platform is currently the backbone of the automaker’s electric lineup, its ambition to have 80% of its European sales be EVs by 2030 means it will have to launch more advanced models that feature more range and faster charging times.

This should be achieved with the MEB+ platform, an evolution of the current unit that will be able to offer a range of up to 700 kilometres, on which development work has already begun.

Source: Electrek

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