Audi is reportedly contemplating shopping for an electrical automobile platform from certainly one of its Chinese language opponents for the primary time. The purported motive for that’s the reality mum or dad firm Volkswagen Group’s Scalable Programs Platform (SSP) is delayed, and Audi can’t afford to attend.
Citing “firm circles,” German publication Automobilwoche reported that Audi needs to be quicker in EV improvement, which is why it’s now contemplating shopping for a platform from a Chinese language rival.
The matter could possibly be mentioned at a unprecedented assembly of Audi’s supervisory board this week, presumably on July 11, with Volkswagen Group CEO Oliver Blume mentioned to have already authorized the mission.
In accordance with unnamed sources cited by Automobilwoche (by way of Electrive), Audi is already in talks with a number of producers. The German premium model badly wants an electrical automobile platform to launch new fashions in China because the SSP platform is delayed.
Volkswagen’s new electrical flagship Challenge Trinity, which would be the first mannequin underpinned by SSP, isn’t anticipated to launch till 2029 – some stories even discuss of 2030 – which implies that Audi’s first SSP-based mannequin continues to be a good distance off. In accordance with Volkswagen Group’s unique schedule, the Challenge Trinity was to debut in 2026.
Since Audi has to proceed to ship new EVs to stay related within the extremely aggressive Chinese language market, the choice to purchase an exterior electrical automobile platform was reportedly made, despite the fact that the automaker mentioned it had no official data of the plans when requested by Automobilwoche.
Audi at present gives two MEB-based fashions in China, the This autumn e-tron and Q5 e-tron, with the later being a rebadged Volkswagen ID.6 X electrical SUV. Each fashions are constructed on the plant in Anting.
Audi and its three way partnership accomplice FAW are constructing an EV plant in China that may produce fashions primarily based on the Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) from the top of 2024. Fashions primarily based on this platform embrace the Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron.
Whereas PPE brings additional developments in comparison with MEB, resembling a system voltage of 800 volts, Audi wants the SSP structure to make the following large leap in autonomous driving, software program, and manufacturing.
Whereas the report doesn’t point out which Chinese language automakers Audi is at present speaking to, there are a number of sturdy candidates, together with Geely and Foxconn.
Geely mentioned on the debut of its SEA electrical automobile platform that it wished to make it obtainable to different OEMs as an open-source resolution, whereas contract producer Foxconn is keen to construct automobiles primarily based on its MIH platform for electrical automobiles to 3rd events.
BYD additionally has arrange the FinDreams model for its third-party enterprise, which is able to enable it to provide electrical drives and batteries to different OEMs – not full platforms, although.