More Details On Porsche-Audi Premium Platform Electric Architecture

Porsche Mission E

MAY 4 2018 BY CHRIS BRUCE 6

The Premium Platform Electric architecture will seek to make better EVs while getting them to market quicker.

Those who make a living working in hazardous environments will recognize PPE as the acronym for Personal Protective Equipment. SEO and digital advertising gurus might give this a quick glance and mistake it for some kind of new pay-per-click arrangement. In this instance, however, PPE stands for Premium Platform Electric – a new all-electric vehicle architecture that Audi and Porsche will develop together.

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Porsche Mission E

Porsche plug-in hybrids (left) and the Mission E (right)

Being under the same Volkswagen umbrella, such a partnership between the manufacturers isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it will have benefits. Porsche Executive Board Chairman Oliver Blume said going solo on such an undertaking would have cost the company “around 30 percent higher.” His counterpart at Audi, Rupert Stadler, called the joint effort “unprecedented in the automotive industry” and said it was a key part of Audi’s future.

Obviously there’s some pomp and circumstance going on here, but whether people are ready for it or not, the automotive future is an electric one. That may not be an easy transition to make when you realize that over a century of internal combustion engineering and design is baked into the current manufacturing mindset. Getting the most from electric vehicles – whether they use batteries or hydrogen fuel cells – likely means completely rethinking the entire process.

That seems to be a primary goal with the Porsche/Audi PPE project. Whereas current electric offerings from automakers generally involve dropping batteries motors into cars originally designed for internal combustion engines, PPE will consider everything from wheelbase to packaging and spaciousness to find all advantages of a purely electric vehicle. Furthermore, the project will seek to make the platform scalable to a range of models, including low-floor cars and high-floor SUVs. Once developed, the architecture would allow both automakers to bring new EVs to market much quicker.

The work on this new platform will take place in both Ingolstadt – home to Audi’s largest production facility, and in Weissach – the location for Porsche’s development center. The first all-new models using the PPE architecture are expected to arrive in late 2021. In the near-term, Audi’s E-Tron and the Porsche Mission E will launch as the first purely electric models from both brands.

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John
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John

The Mission E debuted 4 years ago. Still has almost 2 years until it reaches production.

Yawn..

Marco
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Marco

Wikipedia says: “The Porsche Mission E is the internal designation for an all-electric 4-door coupe from Porsche, which was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.”
Which is 3 years ago.
And it says: “The Mission E, built on an entirely new platform codenamed J1, is expected to go into production at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in 2019 with a projected production of around 15,000-20,000 units per year.”
Which is 1 year ahead.
So more like 4 years, maybe 4 and a half. I don’t understand your figures.

John
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John

Sorry, 4.5 years vs. 6 years. Split hairs on the figures, which is multiple years. My point is the EV industry is rife with concepts, and no deliveries. I could fill a page with proposed vehicles that haven’t been delivered. Until I see one delivered, it’s just a concept years in the making.

Lou Grinzo
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Lou Grinzo

And in further comments, a company representative said that by 2050 Porsche EVs will account for 137% of their total production, go “umtpy gajillion miles” on a charge, and smell like vanilla.

Please excuse the snark. I am SOOOOO sick of the foot dragging and greenwashing by Some Companies…

pjwood1
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pjwood1

Now that former CEO (Porsche/Audi/VW), Winterkorn has been indicted, we might soon see Diess-VWs.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/volkswagen-ex-ceo-martin-winterkorn-indicted-in-emissions-probe-1525378593

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Other than PPE “Premium Platform-Electric”, which may be an advertising slogan, I’m mystified as to what details the author mentioned in the Title.