There’s been a lot of big Audi news coming from this year’s annual shareholder’s meeting. We learned that there could be an extra-premium Audi A8, 20 EV models by 2025 and an all-electric TT. Now, though, we’re also learning that the next-generation of Audi A8 could go all-electric.
“The next generation of the Audi A8 might well be all-electric. That has not been decided yet, but I can well imagine it,” said Audi CEO Bram Schot. “We are thinking about revolutionizing the top-end class with a completely new concept for the A8.”
At the moment, the only car that would compete with an all-electric Audi A8 would be the Tesla Model S. There isn’t another high-end electric sedan on the market, so it would be a pretty new idea for the segment. However, by the time the next-gen A8 debuts, the segment might actually already have some more competition. Considering the current-gen A8 hit the market in 2018, don’t expect a new one until at least 2023, so the market can change drastically in that time.
Mercedes-Benz has also mentioned the possibility of an all-electric S-Class for its next generation and that car will launch far before the next-gen A8. That would be the Audi A8 EV’s main competition if/when it finally debuts, not the Tesla. Though, it’s possible Tesla could have a Model S replacement by then as well.
We think the idea of an all-electric Audi A8 is a good one. It would take one of Audi’s most superfluous gas-guzzlers and replace it with an economic electric luxury sedan. Not only would that help its overall emissions rating but it would help its brand image as well. No longer would the A8 be looked at as a snooty snob’s cars but as an eco-friendly statement.
Obviously there’s no word on powertrain yet, as the idea hasn’t even been officially green-lit yet, but we’re going to be keeping a close eye on it.