e.Go, a German startup who launched a slick ~$17,000 all-electric city car, announced that it is now working on a new electric car based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.
Volkswagen has been hyping its MEB platform for a while now.
The German automaker claims that it will enable a range of new electric vehicles to come to market across all its brands starting later this year.
Last month, the company also announced it wants other automakers to use its MEB electric platform.
At the Geneva Auto Show this week, VW and e.GO announced that they partnered on the first third-party electric vehicle project using the platform.
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, CEO of e.GO Mobile AG, commented:
“We are extremely pleased the Volkswagen Group offered us this cooperation. We can contribute e.GO’s agile product development and our strength in building small-series vehicles based on extruded aluminum spaceframes. And the MEB platform will make us faster, more robust and cost-efficient.”
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, added about the announcement:
“Our Modular Transverse Toolkit proved we are platform experts. Over 100 million of our vehicles are based on that particular platform. With the MEB platform, we are now transferring this successful concept to the electric era and opening it to other carmakers. The MEB is to establish itself as the standard for e-mobility. Based on the MEB, we will make individual mobility CO2-neutral, safe, comfortable and accessible to as many people as possible. Because the MEB even makes the cost-efficient production of emotional small-series vehicles like the ID. BUGGY possible. I am delighted that e.GO has become the first partner to use our electric platform as the basis for a jointly-defined vehicle project.”
They didn’t confirm if e.GO will use the platform to bring its already unveiled small urban vehicle to market or if they plan to develop a brand new vehicle on the platform.