Audi R8 E-tron Production-Bound

Audi R8 E-tron Production-Bound

Audi Plug In Concept

Audi Plug In Concept

Reuters is reporting the following:

"Audi has drawn up blueprints for a wider range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on German rivals and U.S. firm Tesla Motors if the market picks up, according to sources at the carmaker."

This "wider range of high-performance electric cars" includes the Audi R8 e-tron, a pure BEV soon-to-be available (2015) by special order only.  Range for the R8 e-tron is claimed to be 280 miles, according to Audi.

Aside from the R8 e-tron, Reuters provides only this rather vague statement on the future electric high-performance Audis:

"Meanwhile, Audi has scaled up its electric car plans, having devised blueprints for several high-performance electric saloons and sport-utility vehicles, two company sources told Reuters, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential."

So, we don't know what's in the works, but at least the EV pot is being stirred up over at Audi.

Reuters adds:

"The manufacturer has shown various hybrid and purely electric concept cars since about 2009, but the latest blueprints stand a bigger chance of getting the nod for production after it lately overcame range limits."

It was those range limitations that Audi says held the automaker back from diving into electrics.  Now that the range issue has been solved, Audi is ready to jump in.

Here's what else we've learned from Audi:

  • All pure BEVs with an Audi badge will have no less than 400 km (249 miles) of range
  •  A new Q8 electric SUV (more details here) is expected to come.  It'll directly target the Tesla Model X.
These developments over at Audi have certainly piqued our interest.  You can bet there will be more and more Audi sightings on these pages in the near future.

Source: Reuters