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The Volkswagen Group MEB platform (German: Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten) is a modular car platform for electric cars developed by the Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries. It is used in models of Audi, SEAT, ?koda and Volkswagen. The architecture is aimed to "consolidate electronic controls and reduce the number of microprocessors, advance the application of new driver-assistance technology and somewhat alter the way cars are built" by the VW Group.
The MEB platform is part of a Volkswagen strategy to start production of new battery electric vehicles between 2019 and 2025. In 2017, the VW Group announced a gradual transition from combustion engine to battery electric vehicles with all 300 models across 12 brands having an electric version by 2030.
As of May 2018, the VW Group had committed US$48 billion in car battery supplies and announced plans to outfit 16 factories to build electric cars by the end of 2022. The upcoming Volkswagen-branded production cars will be assembled in VW's Zwickau plant in Germany for the European market from 2020, while two production centers in North America and China are planned to be "launched at almost the same time". The ?koda-branded SUV Vision E is to be produced in the ?koda plant Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, along with electric motors and electric car batteries.
As of November 2018[update], two types of the MEB platform were slated to be developed: one for passenger vehicles and one for utility automobiles that accommodate heavier cargo. VW also stated that the platform would be available for procurement to competitor manufacturers.
Audi and Porsche are jointly developing the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) for larger models. It is to be used in next generation of electric cars from 2021 after Porsche's Porsche Taycan and Audi's E-tron Quattro SUV, that are planned go into production by 2019 or 2020.