Currently reading: Ford plots second electric car using Volkswagen MEB platform
Europe boss suggests alliance with Volkswagen isn't capped, paving way for future platform-sharing EVs
James Attwood, digital editor
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13 May 2021

Ford has hinted that it could build multiple EVs based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform – but its European boss has insisted it “will not cede leadership in this technology to anybody” in doing so.

Ford and the Volkswagen Group have agreed a wide-ranging engineering partnership, involving Ford developing commercial vehicles for the two firms, while also gaining access to the MEB platform.

The Blue Oval is currently undergoing testing of its first MEB-based EV, a small SUV due in 2023 that will sit beneath the Mustang Mach-E, and it's understood that at least one more Ford using the platform is being planned.

Asked during the Financial Times Future of the Car summit about building further models on the MEB platform, Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley said: “We have a point of view on that, and we have certain things we’ve agreed with Volkswagen.

"Our alliance isn't meant to be capped or defined, and we’re going to look for opportunities to work together for mutual benefit where it makes sense for both companies. 

“I’ve got a point of view [on future plans]; we haven’t shared that, but there could be a lot of opportunities with commercial vehicles, the MEB platform and in other areas.”

Asked if there was a risk to Ford of using Volkswagen’s MEB platform for small- to medium-size vehicles rather than developing its own EV architectures, Rowley said: “In Ford, we have our own global battery-electric vehicle platforms, and we always will, such as with the Mustang Mach-E and the new F-150 Lightning. We will not cede leadership in this technology to anybody.

“The mid-sized vehicle segment in Europe is very important, and there Volkswagen has a lot more scale than Ford, so it makes sense [to use MEB].

"For Ford, commercial vehicles in Europe are vital, and we have an agreement for a new one-tonne van [the next-generation Transit and Transporter] and pick-up [the Ranger and Amarok] with Volkswagen, and we will take the lead on those.

“The capital required to go on this journey is huge, and we’re not the only company in this industry to look at alliances. We’re both clear-eyes about it, but so far, we’re both really pleased with the platform.

“As we go forward, where one company has scale, it makes sense to draw on that. But to be very clear, Ford has and will have its own global battery electric platforms, and we’ll use some of those in Europe also.”

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JamieM1991 13 May 2021

I like how they "will not cede leadership in this technology" when they have only just (painfully) launched their first electric first platform- and are already in discussions with a major competitor to use theirs instead. They're not going to play catch up by investing in someone elses R&D, they needed to try and retain their massive truck-led marketshare in the US by developing something like Rivian and they needed to retain their massive fiesta/focus-led marketshare in the UK/EU by developing something like the ZOE/ID3.

xxxx 13 May 2021

Still waiting to see a Mach-E, are they on the uk roads yet? only they've suffered an awful lot of delays.

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