Audi To Expand Electric Vehicle Lineup In China With Future 300 Mile BEVs

1 month ago by Eric Loveday 10

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

Volkswagen Group apparently has some grand plug-in electric vehicle plans for its Audi brand…in China.

VW will reportedly strengthen its ties with China’s FAW Group to bring more plug-ins to the Chinese market.

Audi A6 L e-tron

Audi A6 L e-tron

Reuters reports:

“Audi and FAW have agreed to produce five more electric cars in China over the next five years, the German company said. Audi also plans to build the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid in China this year and import the Q7 e-tron model to the country.”

The only plug-in Audi on sale now in China is the A3 e-tron, which is imported into the nation, and thus suffers from high taxation.

Audi says that its future plug-ins to be sold in China will include BEVs with range of over 500 km.

Here’s a crude look at the roadmap for VW-Audi-FAW-JAC (another Chinese joint venture partner) plug-ins coming to the Chinese market..slide-detailing-volkswagen-group-china-electric-car-plans-via-autohome_100589493_l

Source: Reuters

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14 responses to "Audi To Expand Electric Vehicle Lineup In China With Future 300 Mile BEVs"

  1. jelloslug says:

    I thought the Audi 300 mile car was supposed to be out already.

  2. spinner says:

    Now we have Brexit we need to do the same thing with German car companies, either they set up joint venture’s with British companies to produce cars in the UK or they pay a massive import duty on each car they import.

    1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

      With all due respect UK is not China as far as market size is concerned, not sure this would work out.

      1. spinner says:

        This is a fairly common approach in many countries. I believe even Iran has this approach. If the German manufactures still have something to offer after the EV revolution then this will be a very effective way to equalise the trade imbalance we currently have with the EU.

        1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

          I am not familiar with UK politics but adding those trade barriers that would be what is called a “hard brexit” policy right ? I am not an economist but tend to think that open trade policies is making us globally richer in the long run. Now about the brexit I do really feel about the majority of young brits that voted against the brexit and that will be stuck with this decision longer than those who actually voted for it. I am a Belgian living in Luxembourg, my boys are half Swedish and my girlfriend is Lithuanian. I also do speak four European languages. If I could give up my Belgian passport for an European passport I would do it without any regrets. I mean all those tiny nations do not make much sense anymore in a globalized world.For example if a trade agreement needs to be negociated with the USA, who are we 10 millions of Belgians to successfully do this ? Probably a partial UK if soon abandoned by Scotland will rather be lightweight as well. I see our young people (I am 52), they are more European than ever in their minds (speaking many languages, studying abroad) and every year that passes seems to increase this trend.

    2. guyinacar says:

      You already have a massive de facto border tax, called RHD. Having the steering wheel on the “correct” side is an extra cost and a barrier-to-entry for German, Russian, North American, and Chinese manufacturers. I’m not judging it, and I used to work in London. I get it.

      Still, as we say here in the Colonies: “it is what it is.” That RHD manufacuring (design, testing…) cost absorbs much of the higher net price that could be created by a tarrif or quota at the UK border.

      I’m sure your Economist Intelligence Unit has probably modeled what is would cost to change RHD in the UK (Japan, etc.), and decided it will likely never, ever happen. Our grandchildren will be stuck with this polite disagreement.

      But, let’s be honest, it rather inhibits your ability to be cavalier with ADDITIONAL border taxes.

      1. spinner says:

        The RHD “tax” doesn’t seem to be an issue and we have a large trade imbalance with specifically Germany in the EU. This needs to be equalised after Brexit and if a UK joint venture can build German designed cars in the UK as already happens say at the BMW mini plant then it would seem a good way to do that. Many countries have very large vehicle import tax’s to encourage production in home country.

        1. super390 says:

          Third-world countries have very high import taxes to force domestic production. The rich countries (and yes, the UK is rich compared to most humans) have long accepted that poor countries can’t overcome their disadvantages without some kind of affirmative action. And by definition those economies were small enough not to mess with too many powerful interests.

          The problem is when poor countries thereby become rich and then refuse to shut down these developmental policies. Especially when the gap between rich and poor is so disgustingly wide that the location of the transition point will never find a consensus. The USA was all about tariffs for its first 150 years. But by the 20th century it was one of the two most important economic actors in the world and those tariffs became a time bomb. I’m not going into it here, just look up “Smoot Hawley Tariff Act” and read about how a trade war between the big boys unfolds.

          For a declining, aging 1st world country like Britain (or America) to make the claim that they will make themselves great again by just returning to Victorian smokestack industries protected by tariffs is laughable. An industrial strategy to return to the past requires dropping wages at least as low as they were in the past if not further. An industrial strategy to create jobs in advanced industries with a future would require a workforce willing to undergo a radical mental transformation. Not just what we make, but how we live. Which is exactly the opposite of the characteristics of the people who voted for Brexit and Trump. They are demanding that everyone change but themselves.

    3. SJC says:

      I see Brexit as having to negotiate trade deals with all countries from the start again. If they don’t have all those in place before the exit…oops!

    4. Ifeanyi says:

      Stupid fella. Its you that’ll pay the import duties not the company

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