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Audi Announces Plans to Electrify its Vehicle Lineup by 2020
Compared to BMW, Audi has received criticism for its lack of electric vehicles, but the automaker recently announced that it’s working on a plan to offer a plug-in hybrid version of each of its key models by 2020. Rather than offering a standard hybrid system or a fully-electric powertrain, Audi will focus on plug-in hybrids because “they meet all of our customers’ expectations.”
Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s head of research and development revealed that Audi is currently working on two plug-in hybrid powertrain families, with the first one set to debut in the Audi A3 e-tron hatchback next year. The A3 e-tron is powered by a 150 horsepower 1.4L four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 75 kW electric motor. Audi estimates that it will have an electric driving range of 31 miles.
A second plug-in hybrid powertrain is being developed for Audi’s larger models. Following the arrival of the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid early next year, it’s expected that the larger A4 sedan will also debut with the technology sometime in 2015.
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