Audi has begun producing electric motors for the long-awaited Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture being co-developed with Porsche.
The motors for the PPE platform, along with the axles, are being produced at a facility in Györ, Hungary on three new lines. Around 700 employees are involved in production and the company plans to build up to 2000 PPE electric motors per day.
In addition to the PPE electric motors, this plant in Hungary produces the drive system for the MLB Evo-based Q8 e-tron and will soon produce electric motors for electric vehicles (EVs) based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
The German carmaker has proclaimed production of the Q6 e-tron is scheduled to start at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany before the end of the year.
As recently reported, Volkswagen Group is reportedly planning to cut 2000 jobs at its troubled Cariad software unit as part of a restructuring plan.
As a result of these job cuts, the forthcoming 1.2 software architecture – set to be used in the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron and Porsche Macan EV – will reportedly be delayed by 16 to 18 weeks.
The Porsche Macan EV on the other hand was originally set to be unveiled in 2022, but was subsequently pushed to 2023, and now, 2024.
The Audi and Porsche co-developed PPE platform was announced back in 2018 and was designed to lower costs, enable faster charging, and also speed up the roll out of new electric models.
Exact powertrains details for the Audi Q6 e-tron and Porsche Macan EV are yet to be confirmed, but PPE-based vehicles will offer a range of up to 600km, and support both single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations.