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March 26, 2021

Porsche Won't be Using VW Platforms Anymore

Porsche won’t be using Volkswagen platforms for its future vehicles starting with the all-new Macan due in the second half of 2021. Instead, the German luxury carmaker will use the Premium Platform Electric or PPE which it co-developed with sister brand, Audi, since 2018.

The PPE architecture is focused on providing fast acceleration, longer range, and shorter charging times, things sought by Porsche owners. It will also be the successor of the current J1 platform used in the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT.

The Macan (current photo pictured above), which will go fully electric will then be joined by Audi’s first PPE vehicle, the Q6 e-tron SUV. After that, PPE will also be used by luxury carmaker Bentley, which also vowed to go all electric by 2030.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen is expected to shift from its MEB architecture to the Scalable Systems Platform or SSP by the middle of the decade. It will eventually become the single platform for the entire mainstream Volkswagen group.

While Porsche will stick with PPE exclusively, Audi will use a combination of the two platforms for its product range with the PPE used for its upper mid-size to luxury class vehicles.

Whether it’s the SSP or PPE though, platforms will go beyond the classical definition of sheet metals and underpinnings. It will also incorporate software as well.

Audi and Porsche plan to sell 7 million PPE-based cars by 2030.

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