Porsche To Develop Dedicated Platform For Electric Supercars

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As far as Volkswagen Group goes, Porsche is already ahead of other brands and is now planning yet another future EV platform, specifically for electric supercars and two-door sports cars.

Volkswagen Group is aiming to electrify its entire lineup by 2030, meaning that every car from every brand under its umbrella will be either battery-electric or plug-in hybrid within that time frame. By 2025, the group intends to offer 80 electrified variants, consisting of about 50 purely electric vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids.

Porsche upcoming platform for electric supercars

Porsche Mission E Concept

We’ve yet to see much of anything in the way of substantial progress on said plans, though Porsche has already found notable success in the segment. The Panamera plug-in is growing in popularity in some markets, and the automaker is currently working on its first all-electric vehicle: the Mission E. According to Automotive News:

“Roughly 60 percent of all new Panamera sedans in Europe are sold currently as a plug-in, and by 2025 more than half of its volumes should have some form of electric propulsion.”

Volkswagen Group has been touting its two new electric platforms (MEB and PPE) for some time. The MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit) is the architecture that will be utilized for VW’s new I.D. family of electric vehicles, as well as EVs from Audi, Skoda, and Seat. The PPE (Premium Platform Electric) is a joint effort between Porsche and Audi.

Now, Porsche will begin work on a third EV architecture, coined SPE. Although this additional platform’s application is much further down the road from the initial two new platforms, information of its existence was discovered in a footnote at a recent presentation.

Porsche is unwilling to provide many specifics about the architecture other than to say that it is official but won’t arrive until after 2025. It’s specifically to be used for electric supercars and two-door sports cars.

So, this could definitely be something that is in the works for vehicles like the 911, Cayman, and Boxster, expecially if it employs solid-state battery cells. It may also be shared across the Volkswagen Group and could be implemented in vehicles like the Audi R8 e-tron supercar, along with Lamborghini’s initial electrification efforts. Automotive News reported:

“VW executives declined to answer whether SPE vehicles would be equipped with an electric motor on each axle or even a third to offer faster acceleration. Nor could they comment on whether it might be designed specifically to employ space saving solid-state battery cells. This next-generation technology boasts higher energy density over conventional cells that use liquid electrolytes to transport lithium ions.”

A spokesperson from VW Group would not elaborate on whether or not other brands were already planning uses for the SPE platform. The automaker elaborated that the future project is “too far away.” Porsche is currently laser-focused on the J1 platform for the Mission E, so commenting on the future platform is not in the cards at this time.

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Source: Automotive News

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8 responses to "Porsche To Develop Dedicated Platform For Electric Supercars"

  1. CDAVIS says:

    From Article: “By 2025 [Porsche will have] 50 purely electric vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids.”
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    Will those be production cars or concept cars that 5-7 years from will have some future (5+ years) production target date?

    1. John Doe says:

      The VW Group is planning that amount. Porsche is just a small piece of the group, and will have 5-6 models. Tops.
      VW, Skoda, Seat, Bugatti, Porsche, Lambo and their Chinese joint ventures and others will reach the numbers mentioned.

    2. Doggydogworld says:

      Porsche won’t have 50 BEVs, that’s the VW group as a whole. As you note, though, VW talks a lot but delivers little.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @Doggydogworld said: “Porsche won’t have 50 BEVs, that’s the VW group as a whole. “
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        CDAVIS Prediction:

        By 2025 the VW Group passenger car brands (Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen ) will be consolidated to a single name brand: Porsche.

        And Volkswagen Group will be rebranded to Porsche VW Group.

        This will be done under the banner of a logical brand consolidation to eliminate organizational cost overlaps and as the “Porsche Group” reasserting it’s EV roots…

        The Porsche Group will market itself as having a long history of EV innovation… Exaple: The Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid being the first EV hybrid… which Boeing and NASA studied and inspired certain elements (such as wheel hub-mounted motors) to create the Apollo program’s Lunar Roving Vehicle.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche

        Yup… I know this prediction seems very fetched today but the traditional automotive industry will in next 4-7 years be forced to do a hard reset to survive the EV Revolution.

        1. CDAVIS says:

          Added historical note:

          Volkswagen was founded in 1937 in Berlin for the production of the German “People’s Car”… a Volkswagen car, originally referred to as the “Porsche Type 60” (designed by Ferdinand Porsche’s consulting firm) and later called the “Volkswagen Beetle”. So the Porsche influence on Volkswagen goes back to day one of Volkswagen.

        2. South Waves says:

          “And Volkswagen Group will be rebranded to Porsche”

          They could do it since Porsche Automobil SE already owns Volkswagen AG. The costs associated to such a name change would be huge but marketing wise it would be great. VW image is tainted by the Diesel scandal and Porsche is a worshiped brand.

          I thing that Bugatti, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Audi customers would be happier to thing that their car is a rebranded “PORSCHE” and not a rebranded “VW”…it really sounds weird when you read things like The Bentley Bentaiga\Lambirghini Urus is Made on X VW’s group platform

          1. South Waves says:

            THINK…I hate Samsung’s spell corrector…

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Volkswagen endlessly churns out vaporware claims for EVs; claims which aren’t worth the paper they’re (not) printed on.

    Between this habit of VW touting EVs it has no intention of actually producing, and the ongoing exposé of the Dieselgate scandal — now involving forcing monkeys to breathe diesel exhaust for hours, in an attempt to fake evidence that the poisonous gases aren’t harmful — I guess I’m turning into a VW basher. Well, I think they deserve it!

    As a corporation, I find VW to be despicable. 🙁

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