Frankfurt — Whenever a new electric car is unveiled, someone asks whether it is a “Tesla killer” as the Silicon Valley pioneer is still the company to beat on price, styling and battery power, despite the latest investor worries on sales. Volkswagen has been working on its Tesla killer since late 2015. But its proposed killer is not an electric car. It is the underlying chassis or platform, called MEB — the basic building block for 50 different models VW promises by 2025. Some investors and analysts think the VW chassis, which will be used for the majority of its electric vehicles, may give the German company a vital edge in the new era of battery-powered cars. “This platform is the heart and soul of everything Volkswagen is doing in the future for passenger cars,” said Johannes Buchmann, manager at FEV Consulting, an advisory group that focuses on cars. “It’s not just a design principle, a template for their new cars. It has an impact on the whole organisation, supply chain and man...

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