Ford and VW look to join forces on elec­tric cars

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FORD AND VOLK­SWA­GEN are ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of work­ing to­gether on fu­ture self­driv­ing and elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

As re­ported by Reuters, a strate­gic al­liance of this sort could al­low for shared plat­forms and tech, sav­ing both com­pa­nies bil­lions in re­search and de­vel­op­ment costs.

Volk­swa­gen’s new MEB elec­tric ve­hi­cle plat­form would be a log­i­cal start­ing point for the pro­posed col­lab­o­ra­tion, al­though the com­pany’s chief nan­cial of cer, Frank Wit­ter, said there has been no de­ci­sion on whether other com­pa­nies will be al­lowed to use it.

The rst model based on Meb, volk­swa­gen’s Golf-sized ID hatch­back, is due to go on sale in 2020, and the com­pany has pre­vi­ously stated that it plans to be mak­ing be­tween two and three mil­lion fully elec­tric cars per year by 2025.

Ford and Volk­swa­gen, along­side BMW and Daim­ler, are al­ready co-own­ers of a scheme that is de­vel­op­ing a net­work of ul­tra-fast charg­ing sta­tions across Europe.

The po­ten­tial new al­liance would not be the rst of its kind; Honda re­cently in­vested £2.1 bil­lion in Gen­eral Mo­tors’ self-driv­ing divi­sion, with the in­ten­tion of co-de­vel­op­ing a new range of driver­less taxis to chal­lenge mod­els planned by tech giants Ap­ple and Google.

Volk­swa­gen’s new elec­tric car plat­form will be rst used for ID hatch­back in 2020

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