The Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)
Over the next few years, Volkswagen will be making considerable investments in electric infrastructure. Key to this is the development of the new Modular Electric Drive Kit, known as MEB.
This is a platform that will be adaptable to a wide variety of Volkswagen Group vehicles, regardless of vehicle size and performance parameters.
It is anticipated that 30 electric vehicles will be available across the Volkswagen Group by 2025. Production of MEB vehicles is due to begin in 2020. The first models will be the Volkswagen I.D. and the I.D. CROZZ. The I.D. BUZZ will follow in 2022. Together these three models make up the I.D. Family and are confirmed for production.
I.D. made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016 and is expected to have a range of around 375 miles. The packaging advantages offered by the MEB platform mean the car will be the size of a Golf on the outside, but will have the cabin size of a Passat.
I.D. CROZZ was unveiled in Shanghai in April 2017, and was shown in updated form at the IAA Frankfurt motor show in September 2017.
I.D. BUZZ was first shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017. The model was confirmed for production in a presentation at Pebble Beach, California in August 2017. It is based on the extended MEB XL platform.
Preceding these three cars was the BUDD-e. This was the first concept vehicle built on the MEB platform, and was unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2016.
The BUDD-e demonstrated the ethos of MEB, which is about more than just the electric powertrain. Equipped with next generation infotainment, the BUDD-e makes travelling an interactive experience. Everything happens more intuitively than ever in the BUDD-e, with touch and gesture control merging into each other seamlessly. Individual display screens fuse together to form large-format infotainment panels and even the internal rear-view and external wing mirrors become digital screens.
The Volkswagen plants at Wolfsburg and Zwickau are to assume responsibility for the production of electric vehicles based on the MEB. By investing in e-mobility, Volkswagen will create jobs with a secure future at these locations.
Brunswick will continue to produce the battery system for the existing Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) platform and will also be developing and producing the battery system for the MEB. Kassel is to develop the MEB drive system and will be responsible for the assembly of the entire system in addition to electric transmission production. Salzgitter will produce and supply MEB drive system components. In addition, the plant will be building a pilot facility for battery cells and cell modules.
Full details of the individual models from Volkswagen’s I.D. Family are available in ‘Concepts’, located under the ‘Models’ menu.