Volkswagen and Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra are exploring the use of MEB components in Mahindra's new "Born Electric Platform". A cooperation agreement that has now been concluded sets the framework for further evaluation of the collaboration.
According to VW, the agreement contains binding rules for the evaluation phase as well as the non-binding scope of supply. A binding supply agreement is to be drawn up by the end of 2022.
The aim of the two companies is to tackle the electrification of the Indian automotive market, for which Mahindra plans to source MEB components such as electric motor, battery cells and even battery systems from VW, which will be used in Mahindra's "Born Electric Platform".
"It is further proof that the MEB is fully competitive both technologically and commercially," said Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Engineering and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components. "We are delighted to have secured Volkswagen, a major global investor in the field of electric mobility, as a strategic partner to help us achieve our ambitious Born Electric Vision," added Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
There are no details on the new Mahindra platform yet, which will be unveiled soon (July 2022) in Oxfordshire, U.K. According to Jejurikar, teams in India, U.K. and also in the U.S. are working on the "Born Electric Platform".
The MEB platform is currently used by Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and also Seat as well as Cupra, among others. However, the platform is not only for the VW Group, but can also be used by other manufacturers. From 2023, Ford, for example, will begin production of a new e-car at its plant in Cologne - i.e. the very model for which Ford is using Volkswagen's MEB. Ford's second electric car from Cologne will also use the MEB, so Mahindra now joins the list of users.