Audi is fast-tracking an electric agent programme that will see the German close barrage 20 absolutely electric cars by the average of the abutting decade. A ambit of never-before-seen EVs is in the pipeline, but some of the brand’s best-known models will additionally accomplish the about-face to electric power.
While Audi’s focus will initially be on ablution EVs at the high end of its artefact range, area greater profits can be made, one of the best cogent models to access will be a bunched auto that will be priced from about £30,000.
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A battling for the accessible Volkswagen ID.3, as able-bodied as the Tesla Archetypal 3, it will act as Audi’s access point into EV ownership. The car will be the aboriginal of three Audi EVs to be based on the VW Group’s MEB architecture, advised for bunched to mid-size vehicles.
Previewed in our absolute images, the model, which is accepted to affection ‘e-tron’ or ‘eO1’ in its name, will be agnate in admeasurement to an Audi A3 but accept greater levels of autogenous amplitude afforded by the new platform.
Audi’s accession as the exceptional cast in the VW Group agency it’s not acceptable to action the car with the ID.3’s aboriginal 45kWh battery; instead the best will be amid the 58kWh and 77kWh set-ups. This should action a ambit of at atomic 250 miles, with up to 320 afar accessible in a larger-battery copy that’s acceptable to battling the Archetypal 3 on price.
The MEB belvedere will let Audi action entry-level cars with one electric motor at the rear, and a added motor on the advanced arbor for those accommodating to pay added for quattro four-wheel drive. It’s accepted that the archetypal will hit the bazaar in 2021, giving VW, SEAT and Skoda time to barrage their MEB cars first.
With CO2 emissions targets putting added burden on car makers to apple-pie up their ranges, abiding Audi models, which accept for ancestors acclimated agitation engines, are additionally set for a abolitionist rethink. The abutting adaptation of the brand’s flagship, the R8 supercar, is causing huge centralized agitation aural the firm’s management.
Audi’s CEO Bram Schot said in the spring: “Focusing additionally agency abrogation out. For example, the R8 sports car: do we charge a almsman with a agitation engine? Does this fit in with our vision? The altercation will accord us an acknowledgment to that.”
However, assembly accept appropriate that the R8 will accept a almsman and that it will be absolutely electric. Audi’s lath affiliate for abstruse development, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, told us that a abstruse band-aid has already been fatigued up.
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“Normally you accept a caster at anniversary bend with the array backpack in the centre, and the backpack is 12 or 13 centimetres tall,” Rothenpieler told us. “But this makes the abject of the basement point higher.
“So for small, adventurous cars with alone two seats, we charge a altered abstraction – such as one bit of the array in the centre of the car and addition bit in advanced of the advanced wheels, or abaft the rear wheels. Either way, we end up agreeable the battery. That’s what we’re attractive at for these iconic cars.”
This assumption could additionally administer to the TT – addition of Audi’s abiding models that will be authoritative the about-face to electric power. “In a few years, we will alter the TT with a new affecting archetypal in the aforementioned amount ambit – an electric car,” Schot revealed.
Audi could put the electric TT and RE8 assimilate the PPE architectonics it’s developing with Porsche. The belvedere is advised for low-riding models in a ambit of segments; the Porsche Taycan will be the aboriginal archetypal to use the tech, while the Audi e-tron GT four-door coupé will chase in 2021.
The e-tron GT will be Audi’s third EV, afterward the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs. It’s a absolute adversary to the Tesla Archetypal S and is accepted to amount about £100,000 back it arrives in showrooms.
The archetypal will use a 95kWh array that will bear a WLTP ambit of 250 miles. The array will ability an electric motor on anniversary axle, and these amalgamate to aftermath 582bhp and bear a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds.
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