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Audi debuts all-new electric drive architecture 

Audi has unveiled a new all-electric drive architecture that it says offers greater efficiency and noticeably improved performance over its current platforms.

The new Premium Platform Electric platform, designed in partnership with fellow Volkswagen Group brand Porsche, is intended to be the foundation of Audi’s EV strategy going forward.

In developing PPE, Audi completely redesigned the electric motors it uses as well as the power electronics, the transmission, the high-voltage battery and all related components, making them purpose-built for EVs.

The benefits of the new platform include greater interior space (drivetrain size has been reduced by 30%), about 25 miles (48 km) more driving range, and the ability to apply significantly more automation in the production of EVs.

Notably, Audi was able to largely forgo the use of heavy rare earth elements, thanks to the use of an innovative electric oil pump in the transmission. This configuration also increases power density by 20%, the Bavarian automaker said.

The Premium Platform Electric is making its first appearance in the new Audi Q6 e-tron, which is one of 32 new product launches Audi is planning over the coming 24 months.

Source: Audi


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