Audi to launch new plug-in hybrid model every year, EVs planned

Audi has disclosed its intentions of introducing a new plug-in hybrid model each and every ear, building on the success of the A3 Sportback e-tron. Without going too much into details, Audi says the next models to receive the plug-in hybrid treatment are the ones in the “medium and top segment” and a new car will be out at an annual interval.

In addition, Audi has also confirmed the development of full electric cars that will have “high-capacity batteries” as well as “powerful motors” that will not compromise range and usability. One such model is going to be an electric version of the R8 supercar scheduled to come out sometime this year. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has already confirmed there’s going to be a second electric vehicle, possibly a crossover which could take the shape of a Q8 due in 2017 with two electric motors and an 80 kWh battery providing enough juice for a range of around 595 km (370 miles).

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Getting back to the plug-in hybrid model, since the A3 Sportback e-tron came out in 2014 this means a new model featuring a similar powertrain will be out this year and taking into account Audi says they are aiming at the medium and full-size segments, it can only be a car within the A6 family (A7 included) or the A8 flagship derivative.

Adrian Padeanu

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