The Audi e-tron represents the beginning of an electrification offensive (e-offensive) for the model with the 4 rings, because it plans to launch 20 new fashions by 2025, with 12 of them that includes all-electric powertrains.
In accordance with the German automaker, 4 totally different platforms might be at its disposal in its multi-model introduction. The primary is a heavily-developed model of the MLB Evo, which has been expanded with quite a few digital parts (electrical motors, floor-mounted modular battery system, e-drive controllers, and so forth.) and is presently getting used for the e-tron and the e-tron Sportback, with the latter slated to reach in 2019.
The following platform is extra performance-focused and might be featured on the e-tron GT idea, which can make its debut on the Los Angeles Auto Present later this yr. Throughout a chat offered at Audi’s Tech Park occasion previous to the e-tron’s unveiling, Peter Martens, board member for technical growth at Audi AG said the present automobile is the work of the corporate’s Audi Sport division.
He added that the e-tron GT might be underpinned by the platform used for the upcoming Porsche Taycan, which employs a bespoke structure codenamed ‘J1’. On the time, we have been additionally handled to a teaser sketch of the idea that reveals a reasonably sleek-looking car.
For automobiles within the A section, Audi will develop automobiles primarily based on Volkswagen’s modular electrical drive matrix platform (MEB). Particulars of potential fashions are scarce for now, and we’ll solely get out first indication on what’s in retailer within the compact section subsequent yr.
Lastly, there’s the Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) structure for automobiles masking the high-volume B by means of D segments of the market. Developed with Porsche, this platform might be utilized on SUV and traditional physique types (sedans, Avant fashions, and so forth.); it was additionally developed completely for electrical drive in thoughts. Audi expects the primary few automobiles using on the PPE to reach by the top of 2021 or early 2022.
Regardless of its e-offensive, Audi states that it expects two thirds of the automobiles it sells to function an inner combustion engine (ICE), albeit with some type of hybrid know-how (delicate, full or plug-in). It provides that there might be a push for SUV fashions given its tackle present market developments, with 12 of the 20 fashions touted being parked beneath its ‘Q’ SUV vary – seven full EVs whereas the rest is a mixture of totally different hybrids and traditional ICEs.
The corporate additionally provides that automobiles with all-electric powertrains will go on sale in an important markets worldwide first. This consists of China, which it considers an important market that warrants market-specific fashions to be launched.
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