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VW platform for affordable electric vehicles to be promoted by mid-decade

Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which served as the backbone of the automaker’s electric vehicle push, will receive several updates over the next few years.

According to VW, the updated version, called MEB+, will incorporate charging and battery updates, as well as an electrical architecture designed to support more advanced driver assistance technology.



VW explains that a new generation of so-called “unit cell” batteries will allow for a range of up to 435 miles (which can be measured against the gentler European WLTP test cycle). The automaker also claims the MEB+ will “dramatically improve charging times” and can power up to 175-200 kW.

The MEB+ overhaul following the “improvements” that VW confirmed earlier this year is underway for car MEB. The platform itself was first details in 2018and the electric vehicle market has changed a lot since then. So maybe it’s time for a bigger set of changes.

Concept Volkswagen ID.Life

Concept Volkswagen ID.Life

VW also said it plans to launch 10 new electric models globally by 2026, including a low-end model that starts at around 25,000 euros, or $26,606 at current exchange rates. It is unclear whether VW mentioned ID lifewhich it previously said is built on top of a simple MEB platform it calls MEB Small.

Two Ford EVs for the European market will be supported by MEB before that, and in the US we will likely have a full-size electric vehicle, followed by van ID.Buzzwill launch in the US much later than in Europe. Return of VW e-Golf is also said to have returned to the negotiating table, following delays to the planned Project Trinity EV flagship project.


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