The Audi Apollon is one of the three “Speedboat projects” at the Volkswagen Group, CEO Dr. Herbert Diess revealed at the 2021 Annual Media Conference this month. The other projects are the Audi Artemis and Volkswagen Trinity. Common to the three is the SSP platform, the Group’s next revolutionary platform after MEB, and the VW.OS 2.0 vehicle software stack.
Short for Scalable Systems Platform, SSP will underpin the Audi Landjet, the product said to be the fruition of the Audi Artemis project. This model will debut Volkswagen Group’s VW.OS 2.0 vehicle software stack as well. Previous reports suggest that the VW Trinity project’s EV will follow next, and then, its luxury offshoot Audi Apollon.
Peter Mosh, Chairman of the General Works Council of Audi, revealed to German publication Automobilwoche in an interview earlier this month that Trinity is the project for a new vehicle platform. He said:
Trinity will not just be a car but a new platform. Then some models will be built on it, also by Audi. I am very positive that we will then also use this platform at Audi.Peter Mosh, Chairman – General Works Council, Audi
Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi, and Dr. Diess, had earlier confirmed that an Audi EV is being developed on Volkswagen’s new platform under the Trinity project. “We’re already docked with Trinity,” Duessmann told Business Insider in a group interview last month. “We are working together on a sister model for Audi. There is a joint project house with Volkswagen, and this is exactly the cooperation within the group that we need,” Diess added to Duesmann’s statement.
The Trinity project will give a flat, sporty electric sedan that offers Level 4 autonomous driving and sets standards in terms of range, charging speed and digitalization in 2026. It will be made in Wolfsburg, Germany, and be followed by an Audi offshoot, which is being developed under the Audi Apollon project. At the 2021 Annual Media Conference, the Audi Apollon project was formally confirmed. While the Trinity is a sedan, the Apollon is expected to be an SUV.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2019, Audi had said that it plans to launch 20 new EVs by 2025. In December 2020, the company said that its EV roadmap is well on track and that it expects 1/3rd of its annual sales to come from electric vehicles by 2025.
The other project for premium electric vehicles, Artemis, which is now a separate entity, is led by Alex Hitzinger. The car delivered by this team, dubbed the Audi Landjet model, would neither be a ‘Q’ nor an ‘A’ series car. The first preview of the Audi Landjet would be at the IAA 2021 (September), as per reports.
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