BERLIN — Volkswagen is in advanced talks with competitors over opening its modular MEB platform for the mass production of electric vehicles to rivals, German paper Tagesspiegel on Wednesday cited the VW brand's strategy chief as saying.
Volkswagen wants its modular car platform to become "a standard not only for the VW Group," Michael Jost told the paper.
VW in January said that it was in constructive talks to share the MEB platform with Ford, with which it entered into a wide-ranging partnership.
VW will start production of its first MEB car, the Golf-sized I.D. hatchback toward the end of this year for sale in Europe early next year.
The automaker is investing 1.2 billion euros to convert its factory in Zwickau, Germany, to build up to 330,000 electric vehicles per year, including the I.D. and sister models for Audi and Seat based on its MEB electric-car platform.
The company plans to produce some 50 battery-powered models across its 12 auto brands by 2025. MEB cars will be built in eight factories in Europe, the U.S. and China.