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Next-generation Audi e-tron EVs to be infused with Porsche DNA

We can expect Audi’s next-generation of e-tron electric cars to be almost as driver-focused as the Porsche Taycan, as the company set to co-develop its next-generation of fully electric cars with its sister brand.

According to a report by our friends at Which Car, both brands are working on a new high-performance electric platform dubbed the Premium Platform Electric, or PPE, which will underpin their next-generation of EVs.

The new platform will form the basis of Audi’s range of mid- to large-sized models, while smaller vehicles will utilise Volkswagen’s new MEB electric platform, which is making its debut under the new Volkswagen ID. 3.

“We are working on PPE – a battery electric platform which we are doing together with Porsche,” Audi’s head of design, Marc Lichte told the publication.

“This platform can be scaled from B-segment up to D-segment. Because of this, our battery electric vehicle portfolio will grow very fast in the next two or three years.

“There will be a big family on the MEB platform and PPE will be for the B-segment up to D-segment,” he said.

Cars based on the PPE platform are expected to have higher power outputs, and offer sportier and better dynamics. Which Car even suggested it might underpin Audi’s first electric RS model, although Audi Sport’s joint managing director, Oliver Hoffmann wouldn’t give a definitive answer except that “there is space for it, yes”.

Intriguingly, Lichte revealed that Audi’s range of future high-performance EVs would be silent: “You focus more on the performance without any noise, so it’s not planned.”

Instead, the company wants to make its EVs as quiet as possible with advanced aerodynamics. According to Lichte, the upcoming e-tron Sportback will have almost on noise at up too 130km/h as it wants to create “a completely new kind of driving experience”.

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