Published on September 21st, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


Volkswagen Unveils Modular Electric Drive Matrix Platform

Volkswagen has presented the chassis of its new electric model family ID. for the first time – and offered an initial look at its unique platform strategy for electric cars that the brand will use to turn its vision “ELECTRIC FOR ALL” into a reality. The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that serves as the foundation of the ID. chassis is a totally unique selling proposition for Volkswagen. It also clearly demonstrates the commitment that the Wolfsburg-based company has made to electromobility.

Unlike typical market practices, the ID. chassis is not a retroactively modified platform for gasoline-powered vehicles.Rather, it was designed from the very start with e-drives in mind.Volkswagen can optimally tap its technological potential as a result. What’s more, the design and the vehicle concept are more flexible than ever – the spectrum ranges from compact cars to SUVs and vans.

With its avant-garde design, the ID. generation of zero-emission vehicles will impress customers with its range, something that will approach the level of today’s gasoline-powered engines. The ID. will be the first member of the family to go on sale in 2020 – a fully connected four-door compact car that will cost about the same as a Golf diesel.

The power transmission from the motor to the rear axle is performed with a single-gear gearbox. Under the WLTP Standard, the scalable range spectrum for every ID. Model will be 330 kilometers to 550 kilometers. A fast-charging system with 125 kWh will provide significantly shorter waiting times and make it possible to go from a charge of zero to 80 percent within 30 minutes.

The modular electric drive matrix (MEB)on which the chassis is based will serve as the technical matrix not only for all models of Volkswagen’s ID. Family, but also for many e-cars of four other Group brands: Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. As such, the MEB will be used by five brands and in three regions of the world

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