Prepare for one platform to rule them all.
Just as the all-new Volkswagen ID.4 arrives in US dealerships, the German automaker has made a huge announcement regarding the future of its all-electric vehicles. But first, it's important to know that the ID.4, its ID.3 sister ship, and several other upcoming BEVs all share a common platform called MEB. It'll even underpin the Audi Q4 e-tron, due next month. VW, however, has already made plans beyond MEB.
The German carmaker has announced its new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) that's currently under development will be ready to go by the middle of the decade. This new architecture borrows a lot of hardware from MEB and the PPE platforms, though the first PPE-based vehicle isn't due until next year.
VW wants SSP to serve as its fully digital and highly scalable platform to underpin "models of all brands and segments." Basically, one platform to rule them all. SSP is expected to replace both existing platforms, as well as the J1 architecture used for the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, over an extended period of time. VW did not provide more details. This one-platform for all approach will not only help VW become a global electric vehicle leader but also significantly reduce costs and enable faster development times.
"Electrification and digitalization are changing the vehicle faster and more radically than ever before. Economies of scale are absolutely critical for both issues," said VW Group CEO Herbert Diess.
"Our platform roadmap will put us in an even better position to tap the full potential of our Group alliance. By pooling the strengths of our strong brands, we will thus be able to scale up our future technologies even faster and maximize the number of people benefiting from them." The previously announced Project Trinity has been tasked with developing SSP. VW is extremely confident about the platform's long-term potential, believing it could last past 2035.
This latest announcement comes on the heels of the automaker's inaugural Power Day event where it announced the development of a new "unified cell" battery system that also aims to reduce overall costs and increase vehicle range and performance. Some 80 percent of all VW Group EVs will have this battery by 2030. The automaker further hopes to install 3,500 fast-charging points in North America by the end of this year and up to 18,000 in Europe by 2025.