Audi CEO Promises One New Electrified Vehicle Every Year Starting In 2018
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said at the company’s Annual General Meeting that starting in 2018, Audi will launch a new electrified (all-electric or plug-in hybrid) car each year.
For year 2018, Audi has scheduled the e-tron quattro SUV with about 500 km (310 miles) of range. The e-tron’s assembly and battery pack production both to be located in Brussels.
Audi currently offers the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will be followed by Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
“The key points are a course of systematic innovation and the expansion of the product range. “Our model and technology initiative will ensure our growth of tomorrow,” stated Stadler, “Electrification and digitization represent an historic shift. We will play a large part in shaping this change and will thus further enhance our strong position.” A large proportion of the planned investment will flow into these projects. In addition, Audi will strengthen its team this year, in Germany alone with 1,200 experts in strategic areas for the future.”
Next year Audi intends to present the new A8, which will be the brand’s first series-produced car capable of piloted driving (traffic-jam pilot and on the autobahn at speeds up to 60 km/h / 37 mph).