Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. are exploring the use of MEB electric components for Mahindra’s new ‘Born Electric Platform’. Mahindra intends to equip its ‘Born Electric Platform’ with MEB electric components such as electric motors, battery system components and battery cells. The binding supply agreement is expected to conclude by the end of 2022.
Designed by Volkswagen as an open vehicle platform, the MEB electric platform and its components allow car manufacturers to build their portfolio of electrified vehicles. Volkswagen will deliver major e-components to Mahindra and assess the potential to jointly localize these components for local market needs, which can potentially also be used for local vehicle production of the Volkswagen Group. The shared objective of the two companies is to electrify the Indian automotive market.
Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board of Management member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components: “Mahindra is a pioneer in the electric mobility space in India and a great partner for our MEB Electric Platform. Together with Mahindra, we want to contribute significantly to the electrification of India, a huge automotive market with enormous growth potential and high relevance for climate protection. It’s another proof point that the MEB is both technologically state of the art and highly competitive in terms of cost. The MEB is thus progressively developing into the leading open platform for e-mobility, generating significant volume and economies of scale. That’s crucial for every company in the EV world and the key to competitive solutions for our customers.”
Commenting on the partnership, Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., stated: “We are very pleased to have Volkswagen, a significant global investor in the electric mobility space, as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vison. The complementarity of their extensive technology, innovation, and vertical integration in supply chains, will provide a framework to develop our next gen “Born Electric Platform”, to be revealed soon in Oxfordshire UK. Our teams across India, UK and Detroit are passionately creating a breath-taking future.”
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