Volkswagen and Indian automaker Mahindra are exploring the use of MEB components in Mahindra’s new “Born Electric Platform.” A cooperation agreement that has now been finalized sets the framework for further examination of the cooperation.
According to VW, the agreement includes binding principles for an evaluation phase as well as a non-binding scope of supply. A binding supply agreement is due by the end of 2022.
Both the companies aim to tackle the electrification of the Indian automotive market. To this end, Mahindra plans to source MEB components such as electric motors, battery cells and even battery systems from VW. These will be used in Mahindra’s “Borne Electric Platform”.
“This is further proof that MEB is technologically advanced and highly competitive in terms of price,” said Thomas Schmal, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components. “We are delighted to have Volkswagen, a leading global investor in the electric mobility space, as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vision,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto & Farm Sector. Mahindra & Mahindra Limited added.
Details of Mahindra’s new platform are not yet available. It will be unveiled soon (July 2022) in Oxfordshire, UK. According to Jejurikar, teams from India, the UK and the US are working on the Born Electric platform.
The MEB platform is currently used by Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat as well as the Cupra. However, this platform is not only for the VW Group, but can be used by other manufacturers as well. For example, from 2023, Ford will begin production of a new electric car at its plant in Cologne, namely the model for which Ford uses Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Ford’s second electric car from Cologne will also use the MEB. With Mahindra, another manufacturer has now joined the list of customers.