FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group is reconsidering which of its brand names will acquire a new household of modest electric cars just after its Spanish device, Seat, misplaced the project.

VW Group CEO Herbert Diess stated in March 2019 that Seat would guide growth of total-electric city vehicles that will cost a lot less than 20,000 euros. Diess stated they would swap the total-electric versions of the VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii and would be “a excellent action towards an even a lot more inexpensive electric mobility.”

1 source close to Seat stated the VW brand name will now head the project. Executives at VW Group’s headquarters in Wolfsburg consider that the choice will be “a lot more efficient in phrases of synergies,” the source stated.

The modest EVs will be primarily based on a seriously modified variation of VW Group’s MEB electric-car architecture shortened to a lot less than 4000 mm (157.five inches), or about the length of the VW Polo.

MEB underpins the VW ID3, a compact hatchback because of to launch this summertime in Europe as the initial of the automaker’s new generation of battery-powered EVs for the mass marketplace.

Adapting the architecture for a household of modest city vehicles in a cost-efficient way is proving to be challenging since of the require to strip out a third of the charges compared with the ID3. Engineers have appeared at every little thing from more compact electric motors to distinct battery module configurations to give the modest EVs the large regular of crash security that will be predicted by customers.

Seat’s selection to engineer and just take on duty for the MEB Entry household was a coup for the after having difficulties Spanish automaker. It shown VW Group’s self-assurance in CEO Luca de Meo who shipped earnings just after his 2015 appointment as head of the brand name. De Meo has since stop VW Group and will just take up the put up of Renault CEO on July 1.