Emissions-free driving is all the rage right now, and auto manufacturer Audi is diving into this trend with a current goal of about 800,000 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EV) by the year 2025.
An updated ‘Audi.Vorsprung.2025’ strategy was presented by the Board at the brand’s recent yearly general meeting, AUDI AG.
Wheels.ca advises that about one in three customers will be encouraged to reach for an e-car by the middle of the 2020s, an electric variant will be produced for each of Audi’s models by that time, with most being fully electric, and a smaller pool of the cars transformed into hybrid plug-ins.
The first step in Audi’s Roadmap E project will see the e-tron prototype, and each high-end model will electrify within its lineup by the time 2025 hits, which includes an investment within German facilities in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt. The company is touting strong commitments to this when it comes to job security and timelines, and promises over 20 EV models produced, one after the other, until 2025.
Audi’s e-tron Sportback is the second in the company’s lineup and will be launched in 2019, with the Audi e-tron GT not too far behind in 2020. Audi plans to provide an electric vehicle within the premium compact sector by that year too.
When it comes to Roadmap E, Audi plans to make use of two high-end VW Group synergy levers within that development area.
Audi and Porsche will also be collaborating to create the premium-architecture electrification for luxury, full-size, and mid-range EVs. In addition, they will implement the Modular Electric Toolkit, created by Volkswagen, for the compact sector.
The partnership initiatives will decrease development expenses significantly, which will carry on to clients. This means drivers will be able to have a quick choice via a broad lineup when it comes to electrified driving.