As we’ve already heard before, Audi plans on introducing twenty new electric cars by 2025, which is an incredibly lofty goal. To be honest, it’s not the only brand that’s made such claims, with most premium brands talking up their future electric lineups. Up until now, we’ve always chalked it up to ambitious marketing talk but it seems as if Audi actually has a road-map to do so.
We already know about the Audi e-tron, the all-electric SUV that’s currently on sale. It’s Audi’s first-ever all-electric car and it marks the starting point for the brand’s electric offensive. Following the e-tron is the upcoming e-tron Sportback, which is a sportier version of the same SUV. Later this year, we’ll see the Audi e-tron GT (pictured above), a high-performance, four-door electric GT car based on the same J1 architecture as the Porsche Taycan.
After those three, there will be an Audi Q4 e-tron, built on the same MEB all-electric architecture as some of VW’s new electric products. Along with the Q4 e-tron, Audi will also likely built electrified versions of the A3 and Q3.
There will also be a larger all-electric architecture for cars sized similarly to the Audi A4 and even larger. Those will be built on the upcoming PPE architecture. PPE will be the basis of all Audi’s main luxury and performance electric vehicles moving forward and that’s where Audi will make most of its EVs.
The PPE architecture has been co-developed with Porsche and is designed to fit both low and high-floor applications, as well as small, mid-size and full-size vehicles. So it can underpin any manner of premium EV, such as a sedan, coupe, wagon or SUV. That gives Audi the flexibility to make whatever it wants on an all-electric platform. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the next-gen Audi A4 go entirely electric.
Much like the current Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback, all PPE vehicles will be 800-volt but will actually take things one step further and allow of to 350 kW charging. Currently, the Audi e-tron is the fastest charging car on the market (tied with the Tesla Model 3) and it can only do 150 kW. So all PPE vehicles will be drastically faster to charge.
There’s also word about a potential all-electric Audi R8 and even an all-electric Audi TT. So there are definitely a few EVs in the works in Ingolstadt.
Audi has set aside €12 billion to invest into electric vehicles by 2024. So with its variety of EV platforms on which to build and a massive amount of money set aside, it should be able to achieve its goal of twenty new EVs by 2025.