Audi Is Working On An A4-Sized EV Sedan, Report Says

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Audi is getting very serious about its EV offerings. Its e-tron all-electric SUV, which we’ve driven, is open for reservations. Audi revealed a flagship e-tron Sportback coupe-like sedan. And earlier this month, the German brand showed a Q4 e-tron crossover concept in Geneva — all of which the brand is aiming to put into regular production and into global showrooms.

The EV onslaught doesn’t end there, however.

Speaking with Autocar, Audi design chief Marc Lichte revealed that Audi is planning further all-electric models. This includes a sedan companion to the Q4 e-tron, which will likely be around the size of the current A4 sedan.

“There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the e-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” Lichte said to Autocar. “There will be an e-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.”

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2019 Audi E-tron Plugged In
The 2019 Audi e-tron, shown plugged in at a public charging station, is likely to be a huge success for Audi. The luxury crossover market is still booming and electrification is the next must-have feature.

 

Lichte revealed the A4-size EV will be built on the new PPE electric platform shared with Porsche. This could be the same platform that will underpin the next-generation Porsche Macan, which Porsche has said will be sold only as an EV in the early 2020s.

Despite the large number of electric cars hitting showrooms over the next decade, most cars in the U.S. will still remain powered by fossil fuels. This, according to a new analysis by LMC Automotive, which concluded that by 2030 electric vehicles will account for 31 percent of the market.

If true, one has to wonder what will turn buyers’ interest from large, gas-burning trucks and SUVs to EV sedans and crossovers?

I have a theory, and it involves the Chevrolet Camaro. You can read about it here.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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