Volkswagen and Mahindra have announced that they will be collaborating on electric vehicles in the future. The Indian company wants to equip its new electric vehicles with components supplied by German automakers.
In particular, Mahindra wants to use MEB architectural elements in its “Born Electric Platform”. This may include motors, components of the battery system, and the supply of battery cells, but the terms of the contract are still being determined.
The partnership agreement, signed May 18, sets an evaluation stage where companies will determine the scope of the arrangement. A mandatory supply agreement will be negotiated and will expire by the end of 2022.
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“Mahindra is a pioneer in electrical mobility in India and a great partner for our MEB electric platform,” said Thomas Shyamal, Chief Technology Officer at Volkswagen Group and CEO of Volkswagen Group Component. “MEB is thus slowly evolving into a leading open platform for e-mobility, creating a significant volume and scale economy.”
When it unveiled its MEB platform, Volkswagen was clear that it would be open to other automakers for licensing. Meanwhile, it has sold the platform to Ford for two electric vehicles intended for the European market. Now it will be tapped in the larger Indian market.
“Together with Mahindra, we want to make a significant contribution to India’s electrification, a huge automotive market with huge growth potential and high relevance to climate protection,” said Schmal.
At the 2021 Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the Government of India pledged to allow the sale of only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. After that, the electric car market in the country is expected to expand rapidly. For Mahindra, meanwhile, the deal will help it with its own electric ambition.
Rajesh Jejurika, Executive Director, Mahindra’s Automotive Sector, said, “We are delighted to have Volkswagen, a significant global investor in electrical mobility, as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vision. “Their complementary technology, innovation, and vertical integration into the supply chain will provide a framework for developing our next-generation” born electric platform, “which will soon be published in Oxfordshire UK.”