31 May '16, 3pm

Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform

In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible. The BUDD-e concept (pictured) shown at this year’s CES in Las Vegas was made on a variant of the MEB complete with 101-kWh battery and over 220 miles range. VW said in in October 2015 the platform with potential for compact and light commercial vehicles was under development, and it stands to mirror advantages now held by cars by Tesla, Chevrolet (Bolt), Nissan, and BMW. Not only are the wheelbase and other dimensions adaptable for a variety of vehicle types, VW is looking at a scalable battery it likens to a bar of chocalate. As a chocolate b...

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