Audi have confirmed that they are turning their attention to building more plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars, and will launch their first all-electric vehicle in 2018.
When speaking about the change of direction, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said “Our first fully-electric large-series car will go into production in the year after next”.
The new model will be built at a new Audi plant in Brussels, which is also where Audi will produce their own batteries for the cars, in partnership with LG Chem and Samsung SDI.
Alongside focusing on plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, Audi are also pushing forward with the development of hydrogen power.
“We also see great potential in fuel-cell technology,” Stadler stated. “Our Audi H-tron concept study operates solely on electric power, and with hydrogen as an energy source – hence the name H-tron.
Audi have confirmed a £2.3 billion pound spend in 2016 on their development of electric vehicles, with their first all-electric vehicle set to be an SUV.
We eagerly await to see the upcoming electric car, as well as seeing the development of the H-tron vehicles, which could change the face of driving altogether.
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