Volkswagen open to sharing EV platform with more rivals
The PPE platform, developed by Audi and Porsche, may be of interest to other luxury brands.
Volkswagen Group has stepped up its efforts to supply electric-vehicle platforms to rival automakers.
Sister brands Audi and Porsche have developed the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture to underpin their upmarket EVs starting in 2021. Parent VW Group apparently hopes to spread costs even wider by sharing the platform with rivals.
"There's definitely interest," Audi's PPE development head, Ulrich Widmann, said at a recent media briefing, as quoted by Bloomberg. "We're having conversations. Sharing technology to generate scale effects is the only way to achieve the turnaround in electric cars, both economically and ecologically."
VW Group has already inked a deal with Ford to use the German automaker's smaller MEB platform for a European-market model. The MEB architecture will be found across Volkswagen's core EV models, starting with the ID.3 and a US-bound crossover rumored to be labeled the ID.4.
The PPE platform will offer the Porsche Taycan's 800-volt battery technology in a more flexible architecture that can be adapted for both low- and high-riding models configured for rear- or all-wheel drive. Audi plans to use PPE for a fastback sedan, while Porsche's next-gen Macan will use the crossover-height configuration.
Separate reports suggest VW Group and Toyota may be considering platform-sharing for an all-electric 718 Cayman and revived MR2, though it is unclear if PPE is the leading choice to underpin the small sports cars.