Audi will make premium electric cars with Chinese FAWOctober 14, 2020
The companies will set up a joint venture to produce machines on the PPE platform
Audi and FAW have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to establishing a joint production of electric cars in China in the future. In the message of the German automaker, the clarification on which platform the electric vehicles will be built is surprising. This is the PPE architecture created with Porsche.
Audi is already building electric vehicles in China, with FAW, in joint ventures with Volkswagen. However, so far this is the only model, the Q2 e-tron crossover based on a gasoline modification. Outside of China, this electric car is practically unknown.
The PPE platform is premium, which is even indicated in its name. It has an 800 volt system and 350 kilowatt charging capability. Thus, Audi confirmed its confidence that China is expected to demand not only mass, but also expensive electric cars.
As for the more affordable models, Audi has already shown the Q4 e-tron crossover family, built on the simpler Volkswagen MEB architecture. It is likely that their assembly will also be organized in China, but at different enterprises.
The start of production of PPE-based electric vehicles in cooperation with FAW is planned for 2024.
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