PPE (Premium Platform Electric)
For its full-size class and luxury models, Audi is relying on a fourth platform.
The Premium Platform Electric (PPE) has been designed and developed in cooperation with Porsche from the start. Porsche will use it for their upcoming Porsche Macan, while Audi will use it for Audi Q6 e-tron and A6 e-tron, and others.
With its special architecture, it provides the conditions needed for ultra-modern technology that satisfies the demanding customer requests in the full-size and luxury-class segments.
PPE will take on the role in the world of electric vehicles that the modular longitudinal platform holds in vehicles powered by combustion engines. It is characterized by a high-tech and highly scalable architecture that allows both low- and high-floor vehicles to be realized.
Audi is developing various model series based on PPE that will cover the segments from the upper medium-size class to the luxury class as SUVs, Sportbacks, Avants and Crossovers with various different vehicle types.
In doing so, the brand is also expanding its current model portfolio in the full-size class and luxury segments by adding numerous electric variants.
The diagram below show hows PPE models will be compared to J1 and MEB models in various aspects.
Like in the Audi e-tron GT, the battery will be 800 volts; in combination with high-efficiency thermal management, it enables a high charging capacity of up to 270 kW.
All-electric models based on PPE will be delivered with different battery sizes over time. Audi A6 e-tron and Audi Q6 e-tron will be delivered with two different configurations when they are launched.
- 12 modules with 100 kWh gross (94kWh net)
- 10 modules with 83.3kWh gross (78kWh net).
The cells will be prismatic and each module is expected to have 34 cells on 67AH.
This gives the following battery architecture.
- 204s2p and 737Volt nominal for the 12 module version
- 170s2p and 614Volt nominal for the 10 module version
More battery sizes will come at a later time. For the Audi grandshpere concept Audi uses a PPE platform with 120kWh battery.
Motors and performance
The technology package on the PPE is generally similar to that of the MEB; in addition, it offers great potential in terms of output and performance. As standard, the vehicles are fitted with one electric motor in the rear; the top-of-the-range models are equipped with a second electric motor at the front axle (PSM or ASM) that allows them to activate all-wheel drive automatically when needed.
It will of course also be possible to realize different performance levels and battery capacities on the PPE platform. Models based on PPE will be delivered with different motor setups in combination with the small and large batteries.
The models will have from around 300HP to close to 700HP depending on setup.
The dimensions and overhangs of the low-floor Audi models on the PPE platform will be slightly shorter than those of the current combustion engine models on MLB basis but will offer greater interior length. As is typical for electric models, there are no transmission or center tunnels. As traditional premium vehicles, the PPE models can be equipped with numerous high-end technologies: In the drive area, torque control takes place via torque vectoring, while the typical Audi features of air suspension or all-wheel steering are provided in the suspension area.
Models expected to be on the PPE platform
- Audi Q6 e-tron Confirmed
- Audi SQ6 e-tron UnConfirmed
- Audi A6 e-tron Confirmed
- Audi S6 e-tron UnConfirmed
- Audi RS6 e-tron UnConfirmed
- Audi A4 e-tron Unconfirmed
Audi and Porsche will reuse most parts between the models
The below video show Audi A6 Avant concept with more details about PPE
PPE vs MLB evo
In 2020 Audi had a presentation where they discussed some of the improvements of the new platform over the MLB evo platform.