VW Group engineers tackle task of shaving costs from new city EVs

Volkswagen Group engineers are encountering obstacles as they attempt to shave up to a third of the costs of developing a family of city EVs for the VW, Seat and Skoda brands.

VW Group’ Seat brand will lead development of full-electric city carsbased on a shortened version of the group’s Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) architecture. They will cost less than 20,000 euros ($22,500) and will replace the VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii minicars.

The shortened MEB platform could also eventually be used for electric successors to VW Group’s subcompact cars sold in Europe such as the VW Polo as stricter European Union CO2 emissions reduction targets make developing small cars with combustion engines uneconomic.