Volkswagen and Ford beforehand established an alliance targeted on business automobiles, however the two automakers may also work collectively on electrical vehicles, in response to a brand new report. Following experiences of an expanded partnership, Ford and VW confirmed that they’ll work collectively in these two areas of know-how.
The settlement will enable Ford to make use of Volkswagen’s MEB platform for electrical vehicles. MEB would be the foundation for a household of electrical Volkswagens, beginning with the I.D. three hatchback, and finally encompassing fashions like a crossover based mostly on the I.D. Crozz idea, in addition to a reborn electrical model of the basic Microbus. In the case of electrical vehicles, MEB is one among VW’s most beneficial property. Ford will launch an MEB-based automobile in 2023, in response to a press launch from the automaker, however U.S. gross sales haven’t been confirmed.
That is Ford’s second notable electrical automobile partnership. The Detroit automaker not too long ago introduced a cope with startup Rivian. Ford will make investments $500 million in Rivian, and use the startup’s “skateboard” platform to develop a future electrical automobile. Rivian’s platform was designed for a pickup truck and SUV, so it’s seemingly Ford will use it for related functions. It is a very completely different software from the smaller vehicles Volkswagen’s MEB platform was designed to underpin.
Along with the mannequin co-developed with Rivian, Ford plans to launch an all-electric model of its bestselling F-150 pickup truck, and a “Mustang impressed” electrical crossover. Entry to Volkswagen’s MEB platform would give Ford a straightforward solution to develop electrical passenger vehicles to go together with these extra rugged automobiles, however Ford’s present disinterest in promoting vehicles in North America may imply these fashions by no means attain our shores.
The second main element of the settlement is a Volkswagen funding in Argo A.I., the autonomous-driving tech startup already backed by Ford. The German automaker will contribute $2.6 billion, together with $1 billion in funding and the creation of a $1.6 billion firm known as Autonomous Clever Driving (AID). Staffed by veterans of VW’s in-house self-driving automobile growth program, AID will operate as Argo A.I.’s European arm. Volkswagen may also buy $500 million in Argo A.I. shares from Ford over three years. Ford beforehand introduced that it could make investments $1 billion in Argo A.I. Each Ford and VW wish to use Argo A.I.’s autonomous-driving tech of their future manufacturing vehicles.
The Volkswagen and Ford partnership at present focuses on business automobiles. The 2 automakers beforehand mentioned that Ford would develop medium-sized pickup vans launching in 2022 for international markets. Ford will comply with that with a big business van for Europe, whereas VW will develop a smaller van aimed toward city use.
Up to date on July 12, 2019: Added affirmation of VW’s funding in Argo A.I. and Ford’s use of the VW MEB platform.