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Audi to Launch Two Electric Cars by 2018

If you were someone disappointed by Audi’s lack of faith when it came to releasing a new Audi A2 all electric model as per its concept then you may not be upset for much longer.

When interviewed by the German daily paper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ Audi’s Chief Executive, Rupert Stadler, confirmed that Audi will soon release an electric sports car and a sports activity vehicle (SAV).

What and when are questions that will be answered in due course but Stadler was able to provide a hint as to the capability of the vehicles, stating the SAV will have a driving range of 310 miles (500 km) from a single charge.

It is well known that Audi have spent a large amount of time and effort in developing their electric R8 e-tron sports model, and it may well still be the car of choice for the firm to turn into a battery electric vehicle (BEV). At the time of that project’s cancellation, it was stated that range was the primary concern and that the project would be readdressed should range be improved. It would appear from Stadler’s comments that Audi have indeed done this and the likely answer as to how, will be new and improved battery tech, rather than more efficient motors.

The interview was conducted just after Audi announced a budget of $2.4 billion to invest in new digital technology and electric powertrains by 2019. This was coupled with the pledge to launch at least one hybrid vehicle per year until then.

Audi R8 e-tron

Source; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung