New Audi A6 e-Tron Showcases Audi’s PPE Architecture in Stunning New Saloon
The new Audi A6 e-Tron is due to be launching in 2023 and is Audi’s first saloon to carry it’s new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture – allowing for a slick design and a performance edge. We take a sneak peak at what you can expect from this stunning looking saloon.
First of all, what is Audi’s PPE?
Before a deep dive into the Audi A6 e-Tron, we need to look at the architecture behind it.
Now, the term PPE has been bandied about quite a lot these last 12 months or so – sadly for very different reasons. In this context though, Audi’s PPE is an exciting development that could re-shape (literally) the way electric vehicles are designed by aerodynamically helping to improve their performance.
In a nutshell, it’s flat floor allows for a lower roof without compromising space. This, coupled with a smooth, curved body, means the car can move through the air better – helping the vehicle perform better.
What This Means for A6 e-Tron?
The aerodynamic design of the flat floor and low roofline in the PPE concept could cause concern about leaving enough battery space.
You needn’t worry.
The battery in the A6 e-Tron is a 100kWh battery, is larger than the current e-tron GT battery. Audi say it will give it a range of more than 435 miles. This range puts it within similar company to the Mercedes EQS – with it’s 478 miles range.
So essentially you have a sleek vehicle, cutting through the air better, with excellent battery range. This sounds exciting doesn’t it? So is there anything else you should be excited about?
Well, yes. Lots.
Charging the battery
One of the other main plusses (and there are many) of the A6 e-Tron is it’s rapid charging.
The A6 e-tron is compatible with 270kW chargers. If you can find one of these, then the A6 e-Tron can add 186 miles of range in a 10 minute blast – which is quicker than the Mercedes EQS.
Giving the battery a 25 minute blast on a 270kW charger will see the battery leap from 5% to 80%.
This makes the car ideal for the business executive and those guys out on the road.
And there’s more…
Although the pics are just a prototype at the moment, Audi have promised it is as near as damnit. If that’s right, it’s going to be a stunning looking car.
The curved windows and closed-off grille all add to the smooth looks, but also add that extra aerodynamic percentage to performance.
One of the many highlights on the outside are the customisable LED tail-lights.
The tail-light bar isn’t the only Wow! lighting feature.
Perhaps one of the most stand-out features of the A6 e-Tron is the projectors around the sides of the car which can project messages onto the pavement.
The rather smart, slimline Matrix LED Headlights can also be used as a special Spaceship video game from Audi, which plugs into a smartphone – as the crossover between car and “gimmicky” tech pushes ever-more bizarre boundaries.
Swiftly moving onto the interior of the car, as mentioned, the PPE architecture means it retains the generous interior space of a saloon.
The interior design is still somewhat of a mystery though as there aren’t any pics yet at the time of writing. But if the e-Tron GT is anything to go by, you can expect sporty, minimal, and likely to come with 2 infotainment screens compared to the current A6’s 3 screens – Audi perhaps learning that less can be more…
Make no mistake, the Audi A6 e-Tron promises to be a stunning car. With excellent range and rapid charging times, for those companies looking to put their reps into new cars in a couple of years, we reckon this could be a real viable option.
It’s certainly one to keep an eye out for…