The Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten (MEB) floorboard developed by Volkswagen is currently used by Volkswagen Group brands in their electric cars, but the Germans announced in 2019 that any carmaker could take the opportunity to build its electric vehicles on this platform. The German e.Go was the first to join the MEB, but Volkswagen has already acquired a much more important partner than the start-up: Ford is also developing two electric cars for the VW floorboard. Now another automaker is interested in Wolfsburg technology.
Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. signed a partnership agreement last week to explore the use and supply of electrical components for MEB floor panels. One of India’s largest vehicle manufacturers would not take over the MEB floorboard one-on-one, but would use the electric motor, battery system, and battery cells designed for it on its own electric car floorboard named Born Electric Platform. The accelerated development process and increased cost efficiency would be a major advantage for Mahindra in the intensifying competition in the Indian car market.
According to Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, the agreement with the Indians is further evidence of how modern and cost-competitive the MEB system is, and the economies of scale it has achieved are increasing. Volkswagen adds that it wants to contribute to the electrification of India’s car market, which not only has huge growth potential but is also of great importance for climate protection. At the 2021 Glasgow Climate Summit, India undertook to allow only zero-emission cars and vans to travel on the roads from 2035 onwards.