Audi Says No To Pure Electric A8, PHEV Coming Though

1 week ago by Steven Loveday 14

Audi A8 L

Audi A8 L

The good news is that Audi will offer a plug-in hybrid A8, however there will be no all-electric model.

As we just reported, there is no official news directly from the automaker’s top brass verifying that the A8 PHEV will come to the U.S., but we’re pretty confident it’s imminent at some point. A company spokesperson at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain told InsideEVs to look for the model on our shores in 2019.

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Audi e-tron quattro

Though Audi confirmed no pure electric model in the upcoming lineup, the company did suggest that it will eventually happen. Autocar believes that we may see the option around 2024, due to typical automotive product lifecycles. Audi AG’s head of large cars shared:

“For this model, we do not plan an electric A8. But in future [A8 models], yes.”

He mentioned the recent news from France, stating that 2040 is a reasonable goal to expect an all-electric lineup:

“By 2040, we’re going to make it [all electric].”

The luxury German automaker will officially enter the electric vehicle race when it debuts its e-tron quattro SUV in 2018. The e-tron will be a fully electric SUV to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model X, and the company has already gone so far as to take a jab at Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a recent ad campaign. The SUV is set to offer 310 miles of range, but we’re not sure which test cycle was used. Two more all-electric models will follow in 2019 and 2020. Andrew Doyle, Audi’s UK chief explained:

“We might not have been first to market but we will have the best EV on the market. It’s not going to be huge-volume from the beginning.”

Source: Autocar

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14 responses to "Audi Says No To Pure Electric A8, PHEV Coming Though"

  1. shiakas says:

    Hey Audi, is your slogan still “Advancement through Technology”?

    1. Serial anti tesla troll thomas says:

      At least Audi makes money. Not like another that will soon report (my prediction) 480 mio $ net loss in Q2

      1. Get Real says:

        You mean the company that already has 1/2 MILLION reservations for their model.

        Go back into your bedroom troll.

      2. Tosho says:

        Yep, they will need lots of cash for those dieselgate fines..

    2. mx says:

      Yes, when Tesla sells them battery systems.

  2. unlucky says:

    Audi usually does only very light renovations on the A8. Full reworks are rare. I’m not surprised to hear the A8 thus won’t be going EV this time around.

  3. James says:

    Legacy automakers are the Nokia of cars. They’ll have complete control of the market more and then the bottom will drop out.

  4. SJC says:

    Audi has made lots of statements over the years that did not happen.

    1. D Fearns says:

      That’s because they held a secret meeting with BMW, Mercedes and VW where they were forced to change their minds. ANTITRUST!

      1. SJC says:

        Antitrust may be different in Germany, in the U.S. insurance companies are EXEMPT from antitrust laws.

  5. Şafak Tan Özkan says:

    Too little too late AUDI. You are like a land line phone in the iphone age.

    1. john doe says:

      And still they make a tonn of money. Actually more then ever.

      Don’t worry about the German brands. Just as the Chinese – they focus on electric.

      The German brands are more or less in line with their plans and predictions.
      They are doing a massive job in the green shift. Infrastructure, suppliers, industrialisation and technology.
      But they still have to make money for their shareholders. EVs are not
      For everyone yet. Globally and in the US EVs are a Small fraction of the market.
      I’m sure Trump would love a coal powered car. He, and many others do not understand the green shift that’s coming, solar, wind, EVs and the level of automation in life in general, and in the industry.

      Now we just need a tesla truck, bus, van, pick-up, minibus and scooter.

  6. Dan F. says:

    The real question is: Will mass market EVs sell in the US w/out tax credits and rebates? I don’t think much unless they can drop the price quite a lot which means cutting the cost since you can’t loose money forever.

    Sales of the model 3 in the US will provide real info about this as the Federal tax credits will phase out for Tesla in 2018/19 per the current rules.

  7. SayWhatNow says:

    Wank wank wank; money in the bank.

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