Volkswagen Hires Tesla Model S, X Program Manager For Electric MEB Cars

APR 4 2018 BY MARK KANE 4

Former Tesla program manager for the Model S and Model X – Matthew (Matt) Renna – joins Volkswagen of America to help introduce the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB).

Matthew (Matt) Renna

Volkswagen intends to launch its first electric cars based on the MEB platform in late 2019 – the first will be a production version of the I.D. concept, although it’s not envisioned for North America.

In North America, Volkswagen will begin with the I.D. CROZZ.

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Matthew (Matt) Renna was with Tesla from 2013 on and, according to Volkswagen, was engaged in a lot of topics over the years:

“Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today announced the appointment of Matthew (Matt) Renna as Vice President, Volkswagen North American Region (NAR)-G4, effective April 16, 2018. In this role Renna will be responsible for managing the NAR-G4 team, steering objectives for the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) line, Volkswagen’s modular system for manufacturing electric vehicles.  His responsibilities will include product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch, and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.”

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

“Renna most recently served at Tesla Motors, where starting in 2013, he held several roles with increased responsibilities, and most recently served as program manager for Model S and Model X. He has personally led key product improvements on the autopilot & autonomous vehicle programs and has been instrumental in identifying, solving, and achieving critical financial targets. Renna has also held technical, engineering, and leadership responsibilities at Porsche Motorsport North America and Honda Performance Development.

Renna holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Materials Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.

Renna succeeds Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, who has left the organization to pursue other career opportunities.”

Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the VW North American Region, said:

“Matt brings an outstanding combination of financial acumen, engineering depth and product program management– all within the electric vehicle space. His experience and leadership will be a tremendous asset as we strengthen our electric vehicle position in North America and we are excited to welcome him to Volkswagen.”

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Given IEVs’ previous history for not being able (or willing, for whatever bizarre reason) to distinguish between EVs and hybrids, I had to research ‘MEB’ to find out what, exactly, this article is about. But I was heartened to discover that MEB is a development platform for EVs, not hybrids, the latter having a different acronym, that of ‘MQB’ – read all about it here – https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/stories/2017/02/the-e-mobility-module.html

We don’t cover any hybrids (at least not traditional no-plug hybrids). We only cover cars with a plug. With that being said, a plug-in car, or a car that plugs in, is a form of electric vehicle. A BEV specifically, is an EV that is battery-electric, with no gas engine, but it’s also still a plug-in. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is a hybrid, yes, but it’s also an EV. It’s just more specifically of the PH variety. In fact, it’s a hybrid, as well as and electric vehicle. I am 100% sure you and all (most) of our readers are well aware of these facts. The issue becomes when writing a title or producing an article and interchanging “electric” versus “electrified,” as well as plug-in vehicle (BEV or PHEV) versus plug-in hybrid (PHEV), versus the sketchy area where one says electric vehicle (meaning EV or BEV?, that is the questions or gray area for sure). Depending on the context both could be considered right. When you’re writing many words about a vehicle or several vehicles, you have to vary word use. Just like you wouldn’t say Tesla in every sentence (you use “the automaker,” “the company,” “it,” “the Silicon Valley… Read more »

You shouldn’t give Martin all that credit. He takes it personally when anyone refers to a PHEV as an EV, and every single time InsideEVs does this, he complains loudly in the comments.

Several people (myself included) have politely replied back to him that this is the common EV reportage standard as well as InsideEVs’ stated (and consistent) policy; also that since that policy isn’t likely to change it’s not productive to incessantly complain.

Very good call. Hopefully, I made it VERY clear, haha.