Audi has given EV enthusiats something to look forward to next year; the Audi Q6 e-tron. However, it is not the only electric car in Audi’s future as the car maker has promised more than 20 battery electric vehicles by 2025. Audi wants at least one-third of its sales to be EVs by then.
This was confirmed by Markus Duessman, the CEO of Audi at the company’s annual press conference. The Q6 will be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that it is developing in collaboration with Porsche. On Porsche’s side, the next generation of the all-electric version of the Macan will use the new electric platform, due for release in 2022.
This is not the first time Audi cars are sharing platform with Porsches. The e-tron GT actually shares many parts in common with the Taycan.
The vehicles based on the PPE architecture will be using an 800-volt electronic system, which will make them capable of charging at rapid rates up to 350 kW. They will also boast of more than 300 miles ranges. The range is not surprising as the PPE was actually developed from the J1 platform, on which the Audi e-tron GT is based and offers more than 298 miles of range.
The Q6 is scheduled for production at Audi’s plant at Ingolstadt, Germany, next year. The plant was used to make the A3 line, but has been upgraded to handle electric vehicle production. Audi is also building its own battery making factory nearby.
By then, we would have welcome four new EVs from Audi; the Q4 e-tron, Q4 Sportback, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. The Q4 will actually be revealed in April.
But further into the future, Audi will launch what it is calling Project Artemis in 2024, which is a luxury car and will use all the top tech Audi is working on.
The Q6 is expected to be the same size as the Q5.