What you see here is called the “Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten (MEB)” which translates to “Modular Electric-drive toolkit” and is designed to be the basis of Volkswagen’s future electric vehicles.
These vehicles include the I.D. CROZZ SUV, the I.D. BUZZ van and beyond as Volkswagen plans to build 10 million vehicles in different body styles based on the MEB platform – a move that is seen as the most ambitious electric vehicle roll-out by any automaker.
Much like Volkswagen’s MQB platform, the platform that underpins Volkswagen models from the Golf to the Atlas, the MEB can easily adapt to different body styles and battery capacities while using common components to help lower costs.
“With the MEB we have developed a platform designed specifically for electric cars,” said Head of the Volkswagen E-Mobility product line, Christian Senger.
“The I.D. models will not be combustion engine versions that have been converted, they will be designed to be 100 percent, thoroughbred electric vehicles. And they will be engineered to be online, upgradeable- and update-compatible. We’re making optimal use of the possibilities this technology brings,” he added.
Since electric drive components take up less space than petrol-powered engines and transmissions, the I.D. models can offer interior space that’s a class-size larger than their exterior dimensions.
Take the I.D. CROZZ for example, it can pack Atlas-type space in a Tiguan-size wrapper. All will be engineered to be either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, via one or two electric motors, for more optimal weight distribution and handling.
The battery pack, located in the floor, can be easily redesigned for different sizes and types of batteries, allowing for pure electric driving ranges from about 300 km to over 500 km.