Electrify, or pass away. That’s the option dealing with the world’s international car manufacturers– a minimum of if they prepare to offer their items in the European Union past2020 That’s when rigorous brand-new fleet-wide CO2 emissions guidelines stage in, with enormous fines for those who can’t abide by the brand-new 95 g CO2/km guidelines. Diesel’s disgrace implies that battery power is the only genuine choice for the OEMs, and couple of are welcoming this truth more strongly than Volkswagen Group– a touch paradoxical provided its previous position on diesel power. Now, we have actually had our finest appearance yet at one of the methods VW Group is going to do that with its upcoming PPE (Premium Platform Electric), which will comprise the bones of future Audis and Porsches.

4 platforms to rule them all?

VW Group has actually long promoted making use of versatile car architectures– its modular MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten, or Modular Transversal Toolkit) platform lets it develop whatever from a small Polo hatchback all the method as much as the supersized Atlas SUV. That technique enables the vehicle giant to make the most of economies of scale throughout numerous brand names, and it’s utilizing the very same playbook when it pertains to battery electrical lorries. For smaller sized lorries, its brand-new MEB (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten, or Modular Electrification Toolkit) platform begins stream in the next couple of months,.
initially with the Europe-only ID.3 hatchback, then next year with the US-bound ID.4 crossover.

We’ll likewise get at least one MEB-based Audi in the United States, the Q4 e-tron. This is going to be Audi’s entry-level BEV, equivalent to the present Q3 in outside measurements, although with Q5 interior area thanks to a BEV’s remarkable product packaging. The Q4 e-tron, like other MEB variations, will be rear-wheel drive as requirement. It’ll utilize an irreversible magnet simultaneous motor (PSM), although four-wheel drive with a front asynchronous motor (ASM) will be an alternative. However MEB disagrees for bigger, more costly, greater efficiency BEVs, much like MQB disagrees for larger Audis and Porsches.

Audi was the very first VW Group brand name to get a long-range BEV to market, putting the e-tron SUV into production in 2015, and a 2nd variation– the e-tron Sportback– is due next year. However the e-tron is actually a stop-gap; it utilizes the group’s MLB Evo platform (Modularer Längsbaukasten, or Modular Longitudinal Toolkit, utilized by the A4/A5/A6/ A7/A8/Q5/ Q7/Q8/Cayenne/ Macan) however changes the internal combustion things with batteries and a set of electrical motors. Although we do not anticipate to see numerous MLB Evo-Based BEVs, there is an e-tron Sportback SUV following year.

Porsche’s brand name brand-new Taycan, which is getting in production now, had an additional year for advancement compared to the e-tron SUV. The Taycan utilizes a platform called J1, and it varies from a lot of BEVs because it has an 800 V electrical architecture(rather than 400 V) that Porsche chose due to the fact that it permits both faster DC charging in addition to more continual efficiency. J1 is likewise less of an evolutionary dead-end than squeezing batteries into a Q8. Next year Porsche will begin constructing a wagon variation called the Taycan Sport Turismo, and Audi is likewise going to utilize the platform for a brand-new BEV called the e-tron GT, which will be developed at its Neckarsulm plant in 2020.

As you can see from the images above, the e-tron GT looks a lot like the A5/S5/RS5 Sportback, and it takes advantage of a really low roofline thanks to those spaces in the battery pack that supply space for the rear guests to save their feet. Like the Taycan, the e-tron GT is a twin-motor style with PSMs front and rear, although it will have a somewhat lower power output at 434 kW (591 hp), versus the Taycan’s 460 kW (616 hp). However J1 is likewise an intermediate action, due to the fact that Audi and Porsche are teaming up on a a lot more versatile BEV platform– PPE. And for the very first time we now have some concrete information about it.


Like J1, PPE likewise utilizes an 800 V electrical architecture, which implies high efficiency and as much as 350 kW DC quickly charging. Unlike J1, there are no spaces in the battery pack (I decline to call them foot garages), however the pack can be available in low and high flooring variations, with a 20 mm distinction in battery height. It has actually been public for a long time that the replacement for the Porsche Macan will utilize PPE, probably with the high flooring, and Audi revealed us a principle of a PPE-based fastback that would utilize the lower flooring. We weren’t permitted to take images of it, however it appeared like a developed A7, although Audi worried that it was a styling workout and in no chance a last style.

PPE is going to be rear-wheel drive as basic, and like the Taycan it will utilize a PSM at the back. However four-wheel drive will be offered, with either a PSM or an ASM for the front axle depending upon the design. And it actually is a versatile platform when it pertains to things like wheelbase or track– the only set measurement is the range in between the front axle and the pedals.

Although there’s not a specific date for the very first PPE designs yet, 2023 appears like a sensible guess. According to Mario Kremer, job supervisor for assembly preparation at Audi, the objective is to keep as much of the cars and truck assembly as comparable to MLB Evo as possible. Kremer informed us that the last two-thirds of assembly should be practically similar, and, for powertrain setup (for instance), individuals who presently set up the fuel tanks would most likely set up the battery pack, with the high voltage electrical wiring included by employees who presently set up the driveshaft in MLB Evo makers.

Audi and Porsche are likewise aiming to develop PPE at scale, with talk of as much as 2 million systems a year by the mid- to late-2020 s (versus 10 million more affordable MEB cars and trucks a year throughout VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda). And there are even conversations about other car manufacturers accrediting the platform, comparable to the method Ford is going to certify MEB

Noting image by Jonathan Gitlin