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.