The range is pivotal for an electric vehicle’s success. This is true because many potential buyers of EVs are still refraining from making the call because of range anxiety.
Automakers are cognizant of this situation and thus VW has announced its plans of improving the range of its MEB platform vehicle to up to 700 kilometres. If this happens, many more people would join the EV bandwagon.
This brings us to the question that which VW EVs will benefit from the new technology. Well, the main beneficiaries will include the company’s upcoming models.
However, the existing VW models such as the VW ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 along with the ID.Buzz might also be facelifted to benefit from the upcoming technology.
Which New VW Vehicles Are Expected To Have The 700 Kilometer Range?
VW currently aims to launch two new models by 2025 which are:
- ID Life;
- Aero B.
The ID Life will be a budget vehicle. Thus, we don’t expect it to have the 700 km VW range. Thus, the best contender for this impressive VW range is the VW Aero B.
Experts believe that VW will be interested in offering this 700 km range on the upcoming VW ID.Buzz long-wheelbase version.
It is pertinent to mention here that the 700 km VW range has been calculated following the WLTP test. The US EPA range system will have a lower range of around 560 km for these vehicles.
Charging Speeds Also Likely To Be Doubled
For now, the fastest charging VW vehicle supports 125 kW. However, according to reports, the new technology will aid the company in reaching up to 200 kW.
If this is true, the charging times will be significantly slashed.
Performance Improvement Also Expected
This is not all, the performance of the vehicles will also be massively improved. For example, the quickest VW vehicle that presently sprints from 0 to 100 kph in 6.2 seconds will gain the ability to perform the same in around 5.5 seconds.
Why Is The MEB Platform So Momentous?
In German, MEB stands for Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten which means Modular Electric Drive Toolkit.
The primary aims of the MEB platform are to:
- Combine the electronic controls of various electric vehicles;
- Reduce the requirement of a large number of microprocessors;
- Advance the driver assistance technology’s application;
- Change the way cars are built.
VW launched the MEB platform back in 2015 and the VW ID.3 was the first-ever vehicle to support it.
However, over the years, the platform has risen to fame and now nine vehicles are based on it.
Which Auto Manufactures Use the MEB Platform?
In fact, VW is not the only manufacturer making use of the MEB platform. Rather several other members of the VW family have their vehicles based on it. These include: Audi, SEAT, Skoda.
Benefits Of The MEB Platform
Here are some of the benefits of the VW MEB platform:
- Reduces the cost of production of EVs;
- Contributes to the Paris climate change agreement;
- Suitable for a large number of electric vehicles;
- Enables individual battery systems.
As the EV world is progressing, automakers are revolutionizing their line-up. This latest plan from VW will benefit not just the company but also the end-users.