A new generation of high-end luxury electric vehicles is currently being developed at the Volkswagen Group, led by engineers from Audi and Porsche. However, software issues reportedly slowed down the process significantly, forcing Audi, Porsche and Bentley to potentially delay new product launches. It’s still not too late to achieve that plan, even though things aren’t looking good right now.
AutomobilwocheGerman brother publications for European Automotive News, reports Volkswagen Group’s software division Cariad is struggling to develop the software needed for the conglomerate’s next-generation electric vehicle. The company’s software engineering team is reportedly way behind schedule on most of its projects and this made executives at Porsche and Audi nervous about the situation. As a result, all three said the luxury automaker might delay their new electric models.
Starting with Audi, the Ingolstadt brand will delay its new flagship EV until 2027, about three years later than originally planned. The vehicle was supposed to launch with the 2.0 software generation supporting Level 4 autonomous driving. The project was behind schedule and Audi will instead launch a sleek luxury EV believed to be known as the Landyacht internally. It will use a new version of the intermediate software 1.2, which is also reportedly unfinished.
As far as Porsche is concerned, the folks from Stuttgart are putting the finishing touches on the electric Macan that is supposed to launch later this year. According to the report, the electric SUV will be launched next year and will be produced in Leipzig, Germany. “The hardware is great,” a source close to Porsche told the publication “but the software is still missing.”
Bentley, in turn, may be forced to postpone its plans to sell only battery-powered models by the end of the decade. The brand’s first EV, an electric SUV, was supposed to arrive in 2025 but that seems uncertain anymore. The British automaker had to adjust its launch schedule to the growing software development issues with the Volkswagen Group.