Volkswagen and Ford have reportedly reached a preliminary settlement that would deepen their relationship past the co-development of business automobiles and into the doable commerce of electrical automobile and autonomous driving tech.
A supply supposedly accustomed to the 2 automakers’ dealings reportedly knowledgeable Reuters that the muse for Volkswagen’s electrical future, the modular MEB platform, is the corporate’s bargaining chip. In return for entry to this passenger EV platform, Ford is implied to offer some type of vehicular autonomy tech—doubtlessly pertaining to each firms’ relationship with self-driving agency Argo AI. Volkswagen cut up from Amazon-backed Aurora final month to align itself with Argo, whose greatest ally to date has been Ford.
This proposal is reportedly within the stage of an “define settlement” to be floated to Volkswagen’s supervisory board on Thursday, July 11. When contacted, Volkswagen declined to remark, although the Blue Oval has already issued an announcement to Reuters.
“Our talks with Volkswagen proceed,” a Ford official informed the publication. “Discussions have been productive throughout quite a few areas. We’ll share updates as particulars turn into extra agency.”
No matter whether or not the 2 firms proceed with their deal as reported, growth and launch of Ford’s first electrical product, the “Mustang-inspired” Mach E efficiency crossover, will seemingly proceed unaffected. A doable leak outlined a possible Ford Mach E reveal later this yr, adopted by a market introduction in late 2020, which is about when Volkswagen will put its first MEB-based EVs on sale.
Volkswagen will start delivering its I.D. Crozz Idea-based electrical crossover within the U.S. in late 2020, concurrent with the launch of its ID.three electrical hatchback overseas. Any future EV collaboration between Ford and Volkswagen will seemingly have an effect on merchandise whose market rollout isn’t but scheduled, although it may theoretically reopen the door for Ford to return to the passenger automobile promote it disavowed final yr.