Audi previously confirmed the electric versions of the A3 and R8. These plug-in hybrids, with the “e-tron” designation, will soon add another sibling to the mix: the company’s flagship sedan, the A8. As far as we’re concerned, all Audi needs now is Jeff Bridges adorned in a neon-lit body suit for the imminent deluge of advertisements.
According to Auto Express, the platform used for e-tron models couples Audi’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 with an electric drive system. This will vastly increase the vehicle’s efficiency compared to other makes and models, including the A8 Hybrid already sold in foreign markets. As this engine design gains footing among consumers, the German automaker has plans for other larger models to take on the e-tron badge: A6, Q7 , and, possibly, Q8.
With regard to power output for this engine, current reports state it can generate 368 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Though there’s no official confirmation for CO2 emissions, most test results show a significant drop. For drivers who want to engage electric-only options, the current driving range is approximately 30 miles.
The long-term goal, already announced by Audi, is to supply an e-tron version for each of its models by the year 2020. Audi executives have said that consumers should expect one all-new e-tron every year until then. As of today, the American market will receive only the A3 e-tron, which will reach showroom floors next year – so expect more reports for this exciting 2016 electric model from us at Audi Cary, your premier destination for Audi models in North Carolina!
What do you think of the new e-tron technology? Is it worth the subsequent roll-out following the release of the A8, or do you think more time should be spent to increase the driving range?