Autonomous vehicle technology names Volkswagen 2019 AVT ACES awards for MEB electrification platform

Dec 11, 2018

Herndon, VA (December 11, 2018) – Volkswagen of America, Inc. was named a winner today in the 2019 AVT ACES awards, hosted by Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT), for its work on the MEB electric vehicle platform. AVT recognizes the most innovative technologies, products and services in the areas of autonomy, connectivity, electrification and mobility services.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the MEB platform,” said Matt Renna, Vice President of E-Mobility and Innovation at Volkswagen of America. “We at Volkswagen are committed to making the electric future of the auto industry a reality, and we believe the technology and scale of the MEB platform can do that.”

Volkswagen’s MEB platform, to be used in the new I.D. family of electric vehicles, was recognized for being an advanced technology that Volkswagen Group plans on bringing to market as part of its efforts to make mass-market, affordable electric vehicles starting in 2020. The I.D. family, which will draw inspiration from the I.D. VIZZION, I.D. CROZZ and the I.D. BUZZ concept vehicles, will have long range and visionary designs.

The MEB architecture will underpin millions of future Volkswagen Group EVs, using the scale of one of the largest automakers in the world to make technology affordable globally.

Primary elements of the MEB architecture, or the modular electric drive matrix, include an electric motor integrated into the rear axle with power electronics and a transmission, a high-voltage flat battery pack installed in the vehicle floor to save space, and auxiliary powertrains integrated into the front end of the vehicle. The MEB architecture will also enable assistance, comfort, infotainment, control and display systems to be integrated into vehicles across the board.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more. Notes: This press release and images are available at

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