Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed.
When VW said in October that it was developing the MEB, it described it as a system for compact cars and light commercial vehicles with an all-electric range of 155 to 310 miles. A long-wheelbase Phaeton, however, is about three feet longer than the Golf.
While production of the original Phaeton ended in March after more than 14 years on the market, a new one expected to debut around 2020 will operate entirely on electricity.
In fact, the MEB, which should be finished by 2019, is far more scalable, company officials say. Purpose-designed electric vehicle platforms allow for more flexibility in those parameters that tend to be otherwise fairly rigid, such as the wheelbase, track width and seating position.