First Audi Sport EVs Likely To Be SUVs … After 2020

JUL 16 2017 BY MARK KANE 6

Audi e-tron quattro concept – Exterior Sketch

Audi Sport (previously Quattro Sport) is considering the introduction of performance electric model in the 2020-2025 time frame (holy time-frame variance Batman), after the company expands its lineup to 16 models.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept world premiere Shanghai 2017

CEO Stephan Winkelmann prefers all-electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids, and would chose to stick with SUVs or sedans over supercars.

The reason behind large cars is more space to place batteries and the powertrain components.

“Between 2020 and 2025, we have to start electrification. The first step for me is not in the shape of an R8, but it might be an SUV or a limo, where we have a higher degree of forgiveness in terms of packaging, room and power-to-weight ratio.

“When we speak about electric cars, if you ask me if I want to have them all [powertrain types], I’ll say ‘yes, I want plug-in hybrids, hybrids, whatever is available’. But if I have to pick one, and hit the target immediately and do a lot of things with one shot, my first choice would be a battery electric vehicle.”

Several years ago, Audi developed the R8 e-tron, but the small scale project was at the crossroads a few times, and didn’t catch enough traction/interest to hit mainstream production. Apparently less than 100 units were made.

source: Autocar

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They plan to start electrification between 2020 and 2025.
In other words: you can forget about EVs from AUDI.

Audi Sport is only a subdivision of Audi.
They are resposible for the highest performance models and the racing cars.

Call it ugly, but I hope the EV tax credit goes away, across the board, completely at the end of 2018. It would seem to go well with the current administrations strategy.

Then, all the feet draggers who may have planned to get an advantage from being the last guy to the party would show up when the party was over.

Audi and others will still have plenty of tax credits when GM and Tesla run out.

For having all the resources, and taking none of the risk, I’d cheer the tax-credit’s repeal before plenty are claimed by VW. They wanted free pollution, where others paid. Now, they want a free lunch after lithium batteries fell from 1,000 to 100 dollars/KWh.

My Audi was the BIGGEST P O S that I’ve ever owned.