THE AGE OF THE COACHBUILDER WILL RETURN
The so-called skateboard electric car platform, as Matt Prior describes above, has quickly become the layout of choice for premium EVS. The battery cells and motors are all commodities, which means a global automotive supplier will soon start offering its own such platform to car makers. Not only does that save manufacturers the cost of developing one themselves, it also means smaller firms will be able to buy in a rolling chassis and add their own bodywork and cabins. The age of the automotive coachbuilder will be back upon us.