Ford govt raises doubts about VW deal for electrical automobiles
However the majority of the merchandise will goal mainstream markets utilizing a high-volume automobile platform referred to as the MEB. “That is meant to be a automobile for the hundreds of thousands, not millionaires,” Matthew Renna, vp of e-Mobility for Volkswagen‘s North American Area, mentioned throughout a media briefing ultimately week’s Chicago Auto Present.
Ford was itself an early proponent of electrification however initially targeted on hybrids, plug-in hybrids and comparatively short-range BEVs. It now plans to introduce its first long-range mannequin in 2020, after which develop its line-up over the course of the approaching decade.
Whereas VW is primarily focusing on low-cost, passenger automobile segments with its battery-car program, “Ford’s guess is on industrial automobiles and efficiency automobiles,” mentioned Farley.
There may be nonetheless the likelihood they may ultimately discover widespread floor, “if we might discover platforms the place it is sensible,” mentioned Farley, however, a minimum of for now, “We’re in several timing.”
Requested to answer the Ford govt’s remarks, a spokesman for VW mentioned the corporate had no remark.