Audi Rolling Out Three New All-Electric E-tron Models By 2020

This month during Audi’s annual general meeting in Germany, chairman Rupert Stadler said the company will launch three new battery electric models by 2020.

Stadler said they’ll be battery-electric e-tron models. One of them, the Audi e-tron Quattro SUV, will be the first out next year.

News of the all-electric SUV had already been released in February and rumored prior. The company said it would be launched next year with “300 miles” of range.

Audi didn’t disclose technical details, but the 300 miles is likely to be based on the European NEDC cycle. That would make for a much longer range than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would rate it for.

Going all-electric is a changeover for the e-tron lineup, which had been focused on plug-in hybrid models such as the A3 Sportback e-tron.

It could be tied into parent company’s new modular electric drive (MEB) architecture. and. it’s more likely to be different – what the company describes as “premium architecture” that will come from Audi’s agreement with Porsche in April to share future vehicle architectures.

Volkswagen Group is encouraging its subsidiaries to share technologies for cost savings across the brands.

Stadler also said that Audi will be gradually electrifying models in each of its core vehicle series.

By 2025, Audi plans to have one-third of its lineup be fully or partially electric models.

The chairman announced the German automaker will renew five existing core model series by mid-2018. In addition, the Q family will see two new concept additions by 2019 – the Audi Q8 and Audi Q4.

In January at the Detroit auto show, Audi revealed the Q8 plug-in hybrid SUV concept. The company said it would be quickly going into production in 2018.

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The Audi executive also shed more light on the company’s plans for connected, automated vehicles.

Through myAudi, the company will be offering a platform for a wide range of online services. Third-party providers will offer services to Audi owners.

More mobility services will be added in urban areas. Audi plans to offer mobility services in 15 markets worldwide by the end of the decade.

Audi has been trying out mobility services to the U.S. market, including on-demand rides in San Francisco and shared fleet corporate services. In March, Audi said it intends to fully acquire Silvercar, an Austin-based shared mobility company, to expand its digital mobility services.

On the autonomous vehicle side, Audi will take a leading role within Volkswagen’s new subsidiary founded in March. Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH is developing automated technology for self-driving cars in urban settings that will be available in a broad selection of vehicles in the VW brands.

A small series of cars will first be prepared for testing in the next decade by the new subsidiary.

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