Audi e-tron quattro concept - charging inlet CCS Combo

Audi e-tron quattro concept - charging inlet CCS Combo

German automaker Audi has announced that in the coming years, it'll invest more and more heavily into plug-in electric cars.

This is in the wake of the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal and follows Volkswagen's now-strong commitment for electric cars.

As Automotive News reports:

"Audi plans to invest about a third of its r&d budget in digital services, electric cars and autonomous driving by 2025, two sources said on condition they not be identified because the plans are still confidential. The brand spent 4.24 billion euros ($4.69 billion) on r&d in 2015."

There are few specific details on Audi's electric car spending, but there's this bit of info from one of the ssources:

"Audi will offer on-demand mobility services for premium customers and increase the share of electric vehicles of its overall sales to about a fourth by 2025, the sources said."

Full details have already been laid out by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to a group of approximately 2,000 Audi execs/mangers/etc., but those details won't become public for now.

Automotive News adds:

"Audi's first electric SUV will be based on the e-tron quattro concept unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last year. The electric SUV will challenge the Tesla Model X. It will fit between the Q5 midsize SUV and the Q7 large SUV and likely be called the Q6."

We welcome Audi's new commitment to electric cars, even though it was likely only prompted by the dieselgate fiasco.

Source: Automotive News