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      Volkswagen and Mahindra sign agreement for MEB electric components

      Aditya Nadkarni

      Aditya Nadkarni

      Volkswagen and Mahindra are exploring the use of MEB electric components for Mahindra’s new “Born Electric Platform”. Both the brands signed a partnering agreement on 18 May, 2022 to evaluate the scope of collaboration. Mahindra intends to equip its ‘Born Electric Platform’ with MEB electric components such as electric motors, battery system components, and battery cells. 

      The agreement between Mahindra and Volkswagen will evaluate the scope of collaboration, indicating the binding rules for the evaluation phase as well as the non-binding scope of supply. The binding supply agreement will be negotiated in a continued way that will conclude by the end of 2022. Designed as an open vehicle platform, the MEB electric platform, and its components, according to the manufacturer, allows car manufacturers to build their portfolio of electrified vehicles, quickly, and cost-effectively.

      Commenting on the partnership, Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra and Mahindra, said, “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.”

      Speaking on the occasion, Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board of Management member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, said, “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.”

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