Audi Commits to Future PHEV Versions of A6, A8 and Q7

MAR 13 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron

At Audi’s annual press conference, where the main focus was on future mobility, the automaker not only confirmed the BEV R8 e-tron for production, but continued with several confirmed-for-production PHEV announcements as well.

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

  • Audi A6 PHEV
  • Audi A8 PHEV
  • Audi Q7 PHEV

Those three Audi’s are now confirmed for production, but first up for the German automaker is launching its Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, a PHEV that goes on sale this Summer in Europe and then heads to the US in early 2015.

“Electric mobility is a key focus of our development strategy. Our Audi A3 Sportback e-tron embodies the state of the art in terms of future-oriented drive technologies. To be launched this summer, the A3 e-tron combines a powerful electric motor with an efficient 1.4 l TFSI combustion engine, and offers top performance with minimal fuel consumption and extremely low CO2 emissions. It is at the top of our efficiency ranking with just 35 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Our first plug-in hybrid has had a great response amongst automotive experts since it has been presented. And I am firmly convinced that it will be the same with our customers. The A3 e-tron is just the beginning.”

“We are systematically transferring its plug-in hybrid technology to our mid-sized and large model series. The Audi A6, Audi A8 and the next Audi Q7 will also be available as plug-in hybrids.”

Those are the words of Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Technical Development.  He’s the man who makes the call for Audi in regards to tech-heavy future vehicles, so consider this to be absolute confirmation of the upcoming production of the PHEVs models he refers to.

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9 Comments on "Audi Commits to Future PHEV Versions of A6, A8 and Q7"

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Gotta wonder if all the “CO2 per kilometer” stuff is ultimately a counter-sell, sort of like lyptus and curious production shorfalls.

It couldn’t be possible that electric drive makes a more ultimate machine, for how we use them. Could it?

Audi needs to come up with a more aero nosecone for their EVs. Okay, fine… Lets call it a Branding Plaque, Crest or Shield if you don’t want to use “Tesla Speak”. 😉

Nose cone: The front grille will have flaps that close when not needed to reduce drag. As it still has an ICE it still needs cooling.

What about the popular A4?
That car needs to have a plug.

So… it’s confirmed… are we talking within the next 10 years or just sometime in the future?

They will place them at a price level, that takes sure not to sell any volume.

The VW groups electrification program is rather like trying to take an aged maiden aunt out for the day.

There are interminable preparations, and shilly shallying, with her threatening not to go after all, then changing her mind back again.

The old dear is getting under way now though, and makes a formidable sight as she gains momentum like a heavyweight cruiser!

Wonderfully descriptive prose. 🙂

The only they decide not to produce is the series configuration Wankel Rex equipped A1 e-tron. One really wonders why they don’t produce the very car that has the perfect winning combination of full EV with a separate micro generator.
Would this have something to do with the gearbox, oversized engines and clutch departments that would lose their jobs?