Audi electric cars: Ingolstadt’s EV plans revealed at Frankfurt

Published: 10 September 2019

► Audi to offer 25% fewer model variations
► Confirmed: 30 electrified model lines by 2025
► Audi R8 and TT electrified future yet to be decided

The VW Group is racing towards electrification: at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show alone we've had high profile debuts of the Porsche Taycan, VW ID.3 and also the Seat el-Born. But what of Audi? How will Ingolstadt follow up the e-Tron, and what can we expect in the next few years? Keep reading for a round-up of everything EV from Audi. 

The current plan

Audi’s new push is to become a ‘new premium’ brand. He said that it needs to answer customers’ demands by offering a more focused range of models. In an interview with car at Frankfurt, he stated that he would like 25% fewer model lines and variations as quickly as possible, which represents quite a shift in Audi’s philosophy.

And which of these will be electric? 

Audi CEO Bram Schot has confirmed that the company will offer 30 electric guide cars by 2025. Twenty of these will be full EV‘s, and 10 will be plug-in hybrid. “We expect that 40% of all Audis sold by 2025 will be electrified. Next year we will offer 12 EVs and seven plug-ins.’ Keep reading to find out what some of those might be. 

Audi’s electric line-up plans and details

Audi e-Tron S and e-Tron Sportback

The electric Audi e-Tron is now available to buy, and we’ve driven it in on UK roads, too. However, it’s only the beginning of the brands electrified plans. Earlier this year, our spy photographers snapped the Sportback version of the eSUV, and e-Tron Quattro S out testing.

There doesn’t seem to be any changes to the bodywork that we can see – those will likely come later – but it’s clear that these e-Trons are running on beefed-up wheels, and feature a different lowered, suspension.

Underneath however, CAR understands that Audi is cooking up something a little hotter than the current e-Tron – and that may include an extra motor.

There are already rumours of a three-motor set up, with a couple of them powering the rear axle. The benefits of obvious; a new 640bhp ceiling in total power, extra capability for torque-vectoring and a bump in acceleration, too. We’re counting on you Ingolstadt.

Audi e-Tron GT

The new Audi e-Tron GT continues the new, electric design language introduced on the e-Tron SUV, and transposes it onto an A7-style body – though at 4.96m long, 1.96m wide and 1.38m high, it’s both lower and slightly wider than that conventional grand tourer. And although it uses the Taycan’s J1 platform – and keeps the same roofline as the Porsche – this is unmistakably an Audi.

It’s the first EV collaboration we’ve seen from Audi and Porsche, and comes before a high volume PPE platform for B to D segment cars.

Audi Q2 e-Tron

We’ve captured a new emissionless version of Ingolstadt’s baby SUV testing, and there are a few changes compared to the ‘standard’ Q2.

Both the bumper and grille of the e-Tron-badged Q2 are a little different to the current SUV, and reflect the new car’s lack of cooling demands – as well as Audi’s ‘e-Tron design language.’ 

Aside from those small details – and a lack of exhaust pipes – it looks like any other Q2; this understated design tactic is something we’re also seeing with BMW’s forthcoming i4.

Audi Q4 e-Tron

CAR's been reporting on plans for a Q4 to join the Audi range for years now - and the new Audi Q4 e-Tron concept car, gives us a good idea of what to expect.

Audi has confirmed that the Q4 will be launched 'in late 2020', suggesting that there's still a year’s worth of development before we see the production version. By then it will become the fifth all-electric Audi on sale, reflecting just how fast electrification trends are taking hold.

Audi PB e-Tron

At last year’s Monterey Car week, we saw a range of new concept cars from Mercedes to Infiniti, but the Audi PB18 e-tron might rank as one of of the best. The first project designed by Audi’s new Malibu-based North American design team, the PB18 looks like a futuristic take on the Audi R8 from the front, but throws away the rulebook completely at the rear.

Ingolstadt says the supercar concept takes inspiration from the Aicon concept, with the name PB18 e-tron coming from both the Pebble Beach debut venue and ‘the technological DNA it shares with the R18 e-tron LMP1 racing car.’

From a shooting-brake rear, to a mid-battery-engined layout, the new PB18 features some key design details which we could see in forthcoming electric production cars.

Audi R8

No decision has been made on how the Audi R8 and TT are going to be replaced. Speaking about the new cars he said at Frankfurt, CEO Schot said ‘this is a decision made from the heart. These are halo models and are extremely important to us. They might not be called TT and R8 or they might be called that, either way it is still to be decided. But we do still need to offer a super sports car.’

”There will be a fully electric version, but we still have to decide if there will be other version two. There is probably going to be a move towards longer range plug-ins for instance. We need to make the decision quickly, certainly within the year, perhaps by Christmas,’ he added.

Our sources suggest Audi is approaching Rimac for help to launch the RS e-Tron all-electric supercar - the zero-emissions rocketship due to replace the Audi R8, which is on death row as the world turns its back on profligate fossil fuel dinosaurs.

It's the natural fall-out as the VW Group ruthlessly pivots its product range around the new electromobility holy grail. But that doesn’t mean no more exciting Audis - far from it.

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