After Volkswagen had recently announced their intention to open their MEB electrical construction kit to external manufacturers, it now looks as if the Group is also prepared to become a contract manufacturer of electric cars for competitors.

The MEB toolkit is specifically developed for electric vehicles and offers a number of advantages, particularly as competitors will be purchasing the ready-made hardware, it will help speed up developments and reduce overall costs.

By sharing their electric vehicle technology, Volkswagen could quickly turn competitors into customers and with hundreds of startups entering the market, it is a risky but shrewd move that could establish the brand as the 'platform of choice' for future EV manufacture.