The Future is Electric: See how Audi is leading the packNov 25th, 2016
The electric vehicle continues to make great strides in the automotive world. Dedicated engineers across the industry have been working towards blending the clean power of the electrified motor and the power and prestige of traditional fuel powered engines. Some argued in the past that the future of the electric vehicle was destined to be cut short. Refusing to conform, Audi has made ambitious plans to lead the industry into a gilded age of green technology. With the electric vehicle is alive and well at Audi, the company boldly strives to reach its ambitious electrification goals of releasing a new model with plug-in functionality starting in 2018 and increasing the availability of electric motors across their line-up. By 2025, the goal is to have 25% of Audi’s sales be from vehicles with electric capabilities.
While previous brands have used highly stylized, futuristic looking exteriors to showcase their electric motors, Audi designers have blended the sleek, classic look you’ve grown to love with their electric engine technology. Showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, the Audi Quattro 6 is a stunning example of what’s to come. With a driving range of almost 500 km (300 miles), this is the first large-scale production, full sized electric sedan available from Audi and it certainly won’t disappoint. Due to be available in the 2018 line-up, the interior is as advanced as the motor itself including features such as Virtual Cockpit with a 14.1-inch screen with Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes (AMOLED) technology to give life to the customizable screen. The Audi Quattro 6 is a firm sign of what’s to come as Audi also shows off the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro and Audi A4, both plug-in hybrids whose lightweight construction are propelled by the innovative and powerful electric motors. The aerodynamic exterior of the Audi A4 helps achieve impressive fuel economy 3.7 l/100 km with 95 g CO2 per km. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry.
The highly efficient push into future of automotive isn’t just gracing our highways, we can find it on the race track as well. The Audi team is joining the Formula E class of auto racing, a racing class that sees only electric powered cars around the track. While they invest in the powerful consumer models, fans of auto racing can witness the potential of the electric vehicle, thriving in the mind of Audi’s engineers.