Porsche Developing EV Platform to Underpin Battery-Powered Supercars

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【Summary】A lot of automakers are utilizing electric powertrains as a way to improve fuel economy and emissions, but Porsche is a high-performance automaker and is looking to develop an electric platform for its future supercars.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Jan 19, 2018 8:30 AM PT
Porsche Developing EV Platform to Underpin Battery-Powered Supercars

Automakers have turned towards electric vehicles as a way of meeting strict fuel and emission regulations. With countries like China banning cars off the road and pushing for automakers to sell more electric vehicles in the country, everyone's playing catchup to automakers like Tesla. But Porsche isn't like any other automaker. The German brand that's under Volkswagen's extensive umbrella, is known for its high-performance vehicles and its rich racing heritage. With that in mind, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that Porsche is working on an electric platform for a different reason. 

Electric Platform Could Be Used Elsewhere

According to a report by Automotive News, Porsche is planning to develop a platform that will underpin future electric sports and supercars. Since Audi and Lamborghini are both part of Volkswagen's family, the platform could be found on the other automakers' vehicles, as well. The platform, according to the outlet, will be called SPE. 

As far is Audi is concerned, the SPE platform could find its way into a replacement vehicle for the Audi R8 e-tron supercar. The platform could even be used in the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio (pictured above) concept that the automaker unveiled last November. The Terzo Millennio was just a design concept, but it previewed what an electric supercar from the Italian automaker could look like in the future. 

Auto News claims that they first caught wind of the SPE platform in a capital markets presentation last November. The platform was located in footnote in the presentation. Surprisingly, a senior VW executive that's familiar with the plan confirmed that Porsche did receive an assignment to develop an electric-vehicle platform "for two-door cars and supercars," reports the outlet. 

SPE Coming After 2025

There are still a lot of unanswered questions, though, as the outlet claims that the first electric vehicles to utilize the SPE platform will come out around 2025. That is a long timeline that could be disrupted by advancements in battery technology. The Fisker EMotion electric sedan that debuted at CES was fitted with a solid-state graphene battery. The component reportedly has 2.5-times the amount of energy density as a lithium-ion battery. The unit can also obtain a charge that adds an additional range of 125 miles after being plugged into a charger for just nine minutes. 

The SPE platform won't be Volkswagen Group's first dedicated electric platform. As Automotive News points out, the automotive brand has a few other EV platforms, including the MEB and PPE platforms. The MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit) will be utilized in VW's I.D. family of vehicles. The PPE (Premium Platform Electric), which is jointly being developed by Audi and Porsche will underpin three families of electric vehicles, claims Auto News

Before any of those vehicles come out, Porsche is working on perfecting its J1 platform that will be the basis for its Mission E sedan, which is set to come out next year. The PPE is set to follow shortly after that, with the SPE "too far away" for Porsche to comment on, states Auto News

via: Automotive News

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