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is literally laying bare its plans for millions of upcoming electric-powered cars and trucks. Called

the MEB platform

, this dedicated


chassis will form the backbone of the German automaker’s electrification effort. According to


, approximately 10 million vehicles will be built on the MEB architecture and, according to one source, this represents a move that’s as big as when VW shifted its primary focus from the original and

long-serving Beetle

in the late-1970s.

“We will make

electric vehicles

popular and get as many people as possible excited about

electric cars

,” said Thomas Ulbrich, brand board member for E-mobility. “The MEB is one of the most important projects in the history of


— a technological milestone, similar to the transition from the


to the



Shown devoid of any bodywork at a media event held in Dresden, Germany, the MEB platform signals the beginning of what Volkswagen is calling its “Electric for All” campaign. The goal is to make electric cars more affordable, and more appealing thanks to greater range and quicker charging. According the VW, a vehicle using this platform can recharge up to 80-percent of its battery pack in as little as 30 minutes.

This platform will form the basis of the upcoming Volkswagen I.D. electric car, which is scheduled to go into production toward the end of next year. Stretching about the same size as a current


hatchback, VW has previously said the

I.D. will undercut the Tesla Model 3 by roughly $8,000

. If VW is talking about the $35,000 entry-level version of the

Model 3

— still something of a unicorn in the automotive world as


has built pricier versions first — that would put the VW’s price well below $30,000.

Upcoming variations of the I.D.

that will also ride on the MEB platform include the I.D. Crozz, a small

crossover vehicle

, along with the highly anticipated I.D. Buzz, a concept that previews the return of

the beloved VW Microbus.

VW’s electrification plans aren’t somewhere down the road, in some distant future. The company confirmed it plans to build up to 150,000 electric vehicles in Germany by the end of 2020. In total, 10 million electric

VW cars

, vans, SUVs, and


will be based on this new architecture.

And yes, don’t worry, eventually fenders, doors, a roof and windows will all be included.

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