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CarsVolkswagen could build electric cars for its rivals, says boss

12:15  13 march  2019
12:15  13 march  2019 Source:   autoexpress.co.uk

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Volkswagen will retool three of its German plants to build electric cars and to explore alliances with battery partners and rival carmakers, it said . VW plans to increase productivity of its factories by 30 percent by 2025 by building more vehicles from different brands on the same production line.

Automotive News on Monday quoted Diess as saying that VW could build 50 million electric vehicles globally across its brands, beginning in 2020, and had battery sourcing agreements for them. A spokesman on Friday said that the figure, which referred to a theoretical

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Volkswagen's desire to license its MEB electric vehicle technology could even extend to building cars for rival manufacturers at its factories, the company’s boss has admitted.

The German automotive group has previously said that it is in talks with Ford about possibly licensing its MEB components - batteries, electric motors and chassis - to help increase volumes and improve profitability in what is still a fast-developing area of the market.

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He said VW could build 50 million electric vehicles globally across its brands, beginning in 2020, and had battery sourcing agreements for them.

Automotive News on Monday quoted Diess as saying that VW could build 50 million electric vehicles globally across its brands, beginning in 2020, and had A spokesman on Friday said that the figure, which referred to a theoretical long-term goal for the MEB electric car manufacturing platform, was

Last week, at the Geneva Motor Show, VW announced the first third-party deal for the tech, with German start-up EV company e.GO Mobility.

Volkswagen could build electric cars for its rivals, says boss © Auto Express VW ID Buggy Geneva 2018 Speaking at the VW Group annual conference, the Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr Herbert Diess, admitted that the company was in talks with additional third parties, beyond Ford, and said that it would consider a licensing agreement, even if the cars produced because of it are rivals for the likes of the forthcoming VW I.D. family of EVs.

“We’ve had a few more requests about licensing MEB,” Diess said.

“We’re strong in China, so you can imagine, and licensing MEB would open it up for smaller manufacturers to become relevant. Ford is one of our rivals in Europe so if Ford is to use our platform, then we would be prepared to help there.”

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VW plans to have 27 electrical vehicle (EV) models in production by the end of 2022, with cars under the Volkswagen , Audi, and Skoda brands. The company is currently converting multiple of its European factories to build EVs rather than combustion engine cars .

Volkswagen on Friday said it can build up to 15 million electric cars using its new MEB vehicle platform, revealing the extent of the carmaker's push to mass Volkswagen is investing more than 11 billion euros (.52 billion) into electric connected and autonomous vehicles by 2023, of which 9

“Manufacturing is to be considered, let’s say,” Diess added. “I wouldn’t say we would invest in a plant specifically [to build cars for other OEMs] but if we have spare capacity, and it makes economic sense, it’s an option.

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