Volkswagen Considers Second Dedicated Electric Car Platform

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JUN 8 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

An American-Made BUDD-e In Volkswagen's Future? The BUDD-E Concept Is The First Example Of VW's New MEB Architecture To Underpin 250+ Mile Cars From 2019

An American-Made BUDD-e In Volkswagen’s Future? The BUDD-E Concept Is The First Example Of VW’s New MEB Architecture To Underpin 250+ Mile Cars From 2019

Volkswagen’s modular architecture Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB – recently shown in the BUDD-e Concept) is set to cover wide spectrum of car models.

The German manufacturer originally thought about electrifiying just the compact and light commercial vehicles (from Polo to Passat).

But according to the Automotive News, Volkswagen is now considering whether it will be possible to extend MEB beyond the Passat, to be used on the new Phaeton.

If the answer will be no, VW will develop a second modular architecture for larger cars – which sounds like a better idea to us.

Volkmar Tanneberger, VW brand head of electronics development said:

“We’re examining right now whether it can go all the way to a C-segment between Passat and Phaeton. It could be in the end that we have more than one electric-car architecture in the group — that there is a second alongside the MEB.”

The MEB (scheduled for 2019) and possible second platform will be available for all of the VW Group brands.

The all-electric range of the MEB-based cars is to be 155-310 miles/250 km-500km (BUDD-e concept was equipped 101 kWh battery).

Of note:  The Porsche Mission E and Audi e-tron quattro SUV are confirmed to not be based on the MEB already.

source: Automotive News

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Is there a race on to develop the worlds ugliest car?

It’s hard to believe it’s a coincidence these car companies are only able to build ugly EVs. Why are they able to build good looking gas cars? Very strange. It almost seems they don’t want people to buy electric cars because there is more money in selling gas cars.

I think these vehicles look like bathtubs turned upside down.

VW just needs the right spokesperson ….

Oh God…lol

VW’s Modular Electric Toolkit sounds to me like it’s got a lot in common with Faraday’s “Variable Platform Architecture”.

Once Autonomous EVs get in full swing, I would imagine large customers (like Walmart) will want custom vehicles for custom tasks.

What do you suppose the perfect “automated grocery delivery van” would look like?’

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2016/06/walmart-teaming-with-uber-lyft-to-deliver-groceries/

I am sure Phaeton EV and Porsche Mission E customers will be thrilled knowing underneath their cars are really VW Polos.

How so? The article excludes Mission E and e-Tron SUV from using MEB. This makes me wonder:

-Are these two really real?
-Do their “one-off” prices go up?

It doesn’t add up. OK, Porsche has historically been separate from VW/Audi, but the e-Tron SUV and something like the above share basic dimensions. All three brands shared diesel engines.

“I am sure Phaeton EV and Porsche Mission E customers will be thrilled knowing underneath their cars are really VW Polos.”

I am sure you didn’t read the article, especially the last lines.

Bravo VW – bring it on! EV’s need to have clean sheet designs, to get the best range possible out of an optimized battery pack.

I hope that VW can build cars that look like the e-Up! Lite and XL1 etc. Low drag bodies can be stunning and practical.

Does anybody get this VW fixation to bring back the VW microbus?!

Back in the day, the VW microbus was known to ine and all as the one vehicle you didn’t want to get stuck behind on a 2 lane mountain highway, or that portion of the freeway that swept uphill. Hippie vans for baby boomers? They were tinny, noisy, low-tech air-cooled vans that were underpowered and as aero as a breadbox.

How does this form factor correlate to a good idea for anovative EV?

Does anybody get this VW fixation to bring back the VW microbus?!

Back in the day, the VW microbus was known to ine and all as the one vehicle you didn’t want to get stuck behind on a 2 lane mountain highway, or that portion of the freeway that swept uphill. Hippie vans for baby boomers? They were tinny, noisy, low-tech air-cooled vans that were underpowered and as aero as a breadbox.

How does this form factor correlate to a good idea for innovative EV?

James, it makes a very aero one if you do it right.
And hard to beat a 1 box body for room, utility and most for the buck.
The Budde platform should be for bigger cars and a smaller one made for the smaller cars.
They need to make their EVs much lighter to cut costs, increase range.

Far Out Dude! You are blowing my mind.

It is a real puzzle to me how Tesla manage to cram all that ‘stuff’ that the VW platform has up front into a cylinder the same size as VW’s motor and sits it all – motor included – between the back (or front) wheels (chargers excluded).