As announced in October 2020, Audi and FAW Group have founded a new company in China to locally produce Premium Platform Electric (PPE)-based electric vehicles. The FAW-Volkswagen joint venture has been in existence for over 3 decades in the country, but for some reason, the companies decided to establish another one anyway. The new Audi-FAW company will also be headquartered in Changchun.
Local production of PPE-based models is expected to start in 2024. The PPE was jointly developed by Audi and Porsche, and as we can see, it’s a skateboard-like design that every EV maker is going for these days. Audi says that the PPE will underpin all body styles including SUVs, Sportbacks, Avants and Crossovers.
As with the J1 platform that underpins the Taycan and e-tron GT, the PPE too will have an 800-volt system that’ll enable up to 350 kW charging capacity. As standard, the PPE models will come with a single electric motor at the rear, while the range-topping variants are bestowed with a second electric motor (PSM or ASM) — at the front axle.
In the featured photo (L-R): Stephan Wöllenstein (CEO Volkswagen Group China), Dr. Clemens von Goetze (German Ambassador China), Dr. Liu Yunfeng (Executive Vice President Volkswagen Group China), Werner Eichhorn (President Audi China) signing.