Audi will have a plug-in hybrid in every model series in the coming years as part of its efforts in efficiency and sustainability, said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at Audi AG for Technical Development, during his speech at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt.
Plug-in hybrids, natural gas vehicles and battery-electric drive systems will have a key role to play in achieving CO2 targets, Hackenberg said. Audi already launched the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid (earlier post) and the Audi A3 g-tron (earlier post) on the market in 2014. Both of these already have siblings: the Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid (earlier post) and a future Audi A4 g-tron based on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2).
On the full battery-electric vehicle side, Audi showcased the new R8 e-tron , which is available for custom order, at the Geneva Motor Show. (Earlier post.) The new R8 e-tron uses a newly developed high energy density lithium-ion technology which was specially conceived for a purely electric vehicle drive. In comparison to the first technology platform (earlier post), the battery capacity has grown from 49 kWh to approximately 92 kWh—without changing the package.
As a result, the range for the new R8 e-tron is a good 450 kilometers (280 miles) n the fuel-consumption cycle, Hackenberg said.
The Audi R8 e-tron continues to be our technology carrier for future electric cars.—Ulrich Hackenberg
New battery-electric SAV in 2018; >500 km. Hackenberg said that in early 2018, Audi will launch a new battery-powered sports activity vehicle in the large premium segment with a range of more than 500 kilometers (311 miles).
It will have a new, very attractive design, which we are developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles. This sports activity vehicle will be built on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform. From the very beginning, this tool for optimal drivetrain diversity implementation has been designed for a broad variety of concepts.—Ulrich Hackenberg