Audi To Develop New Electric Car Using R8 e-tron Powertrain: Report

Follow Viknesh

Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Enlarge Photo
Audi has fallen behind its rivals when it comes to electric cars but the automaker is out to rectify the issue with the launch of its first all-electric model next year, the R8 e-tron. The R8 e-tron will be based on Audi’s second-generation R8 supercar which is also due out next year; the electric version is expected to have a driving range of about 280 miles on a single charge.

The R8 e-tron’s electric powertrain will then be used for other models at Audi, including a new family-oriented model that could potentially rival the Model S from Tesla Motors [NSDQ] or perhaps even the upcoming Model X. The information was revealed by Audi’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg during a recent interview with Auto Express.

“Let’s say that technology will also be carried over and is a trailer for another car with long range,” Hackenberg said about the R8 e-tron’s electric powertrain. “[The other car] is under development and will be in the market for around 2017 but it will not be a sports car.” 

What’s not clear is whether the new electric car Audi is planning will be a standalone model like the canceled second-generation A2 or simply a variant from an existing line like the upcoming R8 e-tron.

One possibility is an all-electric version of Audi’s upcoming Q8, which was reported on earlier in the year. The Q8 is also due around 2017; it will be a coupe-like crossover based on the underpinnings of the new Q7 and will target the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe and—if an all-electric version is launched—the Tesla Model X

Stay tuned for an update.

_______________________________________

Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

 
Follow Us

Take Us With You!

 


 
© 2017 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.