In a tech briefing in Munich, Germany, Audi outlined its plans for a range of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
- Audi will have more than 30 EV models by 2025, 20 of which will be BEVs.
- Three PHEV models will join the lineup for 2020: Q5, A7 and A8.
- Audi will add three additional BEV platforms, joining the current MLB evo that underlies the 2019 Audi e-tron.
Audi, one of the companies in the Volkswagen Group, will throw itself fully behind electrification in the next five years with an ambitious plan to transform its lineup from gasoline and diesel power to electric and hybrid gasoline-electric propulsion. If all goes according to plan, Audi will have 20 all-electric models and 10 hybrid and plug-in hybrid models available by 2025.
Three Audi electric concepts coming your way soon. (Photo: Audi)
Electric Audi future
This year, Audi is bringing the e-tron, an all-electric SUV to market in the U.S. The e-tron rides on VW Group’s MLB evo (modular longitudinal) platform, an architecture that has been adapted for the BEV. Soon, three dedicated BEV platforms will form the basis for future Audi’s BEVs. The J1 platform, shared with the recently introduced Porsche Taycan, will be for performance vehicles. The first concept vehicle on J1 is the e-tron GT, a four-door Gran Turismo sports sedan.
Future compact and mid-size crossovers and sedans will use the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) platform. A concept Q4 e-tron which debuted at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show is the first example. Finally, a new premium platform electric (PPE) platform will form the basis for future large mid-size and full-size all-electric SUVs, Sportbacks and Avants. Audi unveiled a concept Sportback in Munich for show. The new platforms are flexible and scalable, and can be equipped with one or two motors, all-wheel steering, and other enhancements.
Audi’s new PHEV models. Q7 PHEV will not be included in the 2020 U.S. lineup. (Photo: Audi)
Plug-in Audi present
In the near future, three plug-in hybrid models will make their way into the 2020 Audi lineup in the U.S. First up will be the Q5 TFSI e quattro, which will arrive later in 2019. It will be followed by the A7 TFSI e quattro. Both the Q5 and A7 PHEV models will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor, along with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). An A8L TFSI e quattro will march in last, the flagship full-size sedan of the Audi lineup. It will get a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 and an electric motor using an eight-speed conventional automatic transmission. Electric-only range for the PHEV models is estimated at somewhere between 20 and 24 miles. Pricing and fuel economy figures have not yet been released.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Auto companies are like big ocean liners. It takes a lot of planning and energy for them to change course, and this is a major change of course. Will buyers follow, or get lost in the wake?