Volkswagen is reportedly working on a new premium electric vehicle platform that will eventually be used by Audi, Bentley and Porsche. According to Motor Trend, there will be three versions of the architecture (codenamed Premium Platform Electric or PPE), and Audi is set to take the lead engineering role for two, while Porsche will develop the third.

“These are joint, co-located teams, bringing the best engineering know-how of the two companies together to make it happen,” Audi technical development chief Peter Mertens explained. The new platform will underpin all future battery electric models from the said three brands, arriving sometime in 2022.

Currently, the Porsche Mission E sits atop the J1 architecture that’s developed in-house by Porsche. Audi’s E-tron Quattro, on the other hand, rides on a modified version of the MLB platform that is used by a range of models, from the B9 Audi A4 to the Bentley Bentayga. However, Mertens has confirmed that both the J1 and modded MLB will be replaced by the all-new premium EV platform.

The report adds that the decision to develop the PPE derives from all the lessons learned during the four-year development of MEB (Modular Electric Platform, designed specifically for battery electric vehicles), which will be used on more than 15 mainstream VW Group products by 2025.

The PPE application will be optimised to suit larger, higher-performance luxury vehicles, especially in terms of drivetrain/suspension aspects as well as that of the voltage system and battery pack. The news is a stark contrast to Audi’s plan to go with a single architecture (still based on the next-gen MLB platform) to package different applications. Well, we can forget all that now.

“We have changed direction. You give up too much potential if you have a platform that tries to do everything. It’s too expensive, too heavy, and it has proportions that do not fit with luxury brands,” Merterns explained.