The Volkswagen Group has developed 4 modular platforms to help electrical vehicles throughout its portfolio of manufacturers, and also will share a few of these to assist unfold the price of introducing electrification all through its operations.
One in all these, the MEB for small and medium mainstream vehicles, made its debut in September within the Volkswagen ID three and will probably be shared with Ford in a deal introduced in July.
VW’s different EV platforms are designed for premium vehicles and may very well be shared with rival automakers, too, particularly the PPE platform being developed by Audi and Porsche for medium and huge vehicles, Bloomberg reported final week citing feedback made by Ulrich Widmann, the pinnacle of Audi’s aspect of the PPE growth staff.
Volkswagen Group PPE modular EV platform
“Sharing know-how to generate scale results is the one technique to obtain the turnaround in electrical vehicles, each economically and ecologically,” he stated. “There’s positively curiosity. We’re having conversations.”
Widmann did not point out any names of the events, although given the excessive price of creating a brand new EV platform it could make sense for some smaller automakers equivalent to Aston Martin to license a platform as an alternative of ranging from scratch.
The PPE platform makes its debut in 2021, seemingly in Porsche’s next-generation Macan which is confirmed to be an EV. Nevertheless, many of the fashions based mostly on the PPE will seemingly come from Audi which is dedicated to launching a minimum of 20 EVs by 2025. The automaker in late September teased an idea for an A5 Sportback-like automotive based mostly on the PPE. Curiously, there are rumors your complete A5 vary could be phased out after the present era, so maybe Audi is planning to exchange it with an electrical equal.