Next year Audi’s A3 e-tron will arrive with an electric driving range of around 31 miles. However, Audi has just confirmed that it is working on another electric vehicle with a much longer range. According to Audi’s technical development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, the electric vehicle will rival the Tesla Model S, with a driving range of around 280 miles when it hits the market in 2017.
Hackenberg shared the news with Auto Express, where he revealed that the EV will borrow its powertrain from the upcoming R8 e-tron sports car. He also stated that the new electric vehicle will not be a sports car, which has led to speculation that it will be a large sedan. At this point it still isn’t known if it will be based on an existing model like the A3 e-tron or R8 e-tron.
Audi has already announced plans to electrify most of its lineup by 2020, but we can also expect most of them to not be fully electric models but instead plug-in hybrids like the upcoming A3 e-tron. Audi believes that plug-in hybrids are the better choice for now since “they meet all of our customers’ expectations.” After the A3 e-tron arrives in the U.S. in 2015, it’s expected that a plug-in hybrid version of the A4 will debut.
Via Auto Express