While VW and Audi still have very little to offer when it comes to plug-in vehicles on the road today, they seem to be planning a massive onslaught into the segment over the next couple years.
The Audi A3 e-tron Is Confirmed For US Availability In 2015
The Volkswagen Group is reportedly preparing to make a small Audi e-tron based on the upcoming e-Up!, from VW, and plans to release the car sometime in 2015.
And unlike some other VW-Audi electric re-badgings, like the A3 e-tron (which is coming to the US in 2015), the small Audi e-tron will apparently receive more power and more range than the VW it shares a platform with.
The VW e-Up! has a top speed of 135 km/hr, while the Audi will reach 150 km/hr, and the lithium battery in the e-Up will be increased in size to offer 200 km (124 miles) of range, up from the VW's 150km (93 miles).
As reported by Bild.de, the new Audi EV will have a 45% improved motor output (116 hp), over the VW, and will get to 60 mph from a standstill in 9.3 seconds; a significant improvement over the 14 seconds in the e-Up. Torque increases to 270Nm from 210 Nm.
The electric Audi will also feature fast charging, along with new styling on both the exterior and interior. In short, the new mini-Audi will its "own car," while an EV like the Audi A3 e-tron will basically be a re-skin of the VW e-golf coming in 2014.