Volkswagen opens up e-car tech to competitors

February 01, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
VW MEB matrix
Volkswagen is planning to open its MEB Drive Matrix for competitors to create a de facto standard for electric powertrains and drive down the cost of the electric cars.

In an interview with the daily newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel", Michael Jost, Head of Strategy at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, explained that the MEB Drive Matrix "should not only be a standard for the VW Group". The company is already in advanced talks to provide this crucial part of Volkswagen’s IP to several competitors, especially in the volume segment.

The MEB Drive Matrix is a kind of construction kit with standardized parts for the construction of electric vehicles. Among other things, the MEB Drive Matrix contains one to two electric motors with an output of 75 kW for the front axle and 150 kW for the rear axle, a module for inductive charging, and, above all, a lithium-ion battery with 111 kWh, together with the associated control electronics.


The MEB Drive Matrix standardizes the powertrain for volume production. 
Several paramaters can be varied to enable rather a broad range of car designs.

The MEB Drive Matrix is the one technical element common for all models of Volkswagen's future ID family of e-cars. It is also a technology platform specially developed for electrically powered vehicles. During development, Volkswagen engineers placed particular emphasis on closely interlocking the components of the electric drive system and the packaging. The company thus promises an optimum combination of range, installation space, variability, comfort and dynamics. Vehicles equipped in this way should have a range on a par with today's combustion engines. The sales price of these planned electric vehicles should also be at a comparable level. The company plans to launch the first cars based on the MEB Drive Matrix in 2020.


Vous êtes certain ?

Si vous désactivez les cookies, vous ne pouvez plus naviguer sur le site.

Vous allez être rediriger vers Google.