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Aug 23

Audi Testing Water in Electric Car Production

Posted in Electric Cars | Energy Industry | Transportation

Audi Electric Car The entrepreneurial Audi is planning to take advantage of changes portended in the automobile market with an eye towards emission-free vehicles. Until now Audi has not shown any interest in electric car production but now that there is a growing demand for small and electronically-driven cars, Audi is keen to join the race.

Others in the foray:

Rival manufactures like BMW with Megacity electric vehicle and Daimler with Smart ED have already taken the leap with cute little electric cars on their way to produce vehicles with zero carbon emission. Now Audi is joining the arena and the world is keenly interested to see what kind of a car will be Audi’s gift to the automobile world.


A supermini is reportedly the car on the anvil as per a report by What Car? Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler says,”…so we are planning for a changing market when customers will be ready.” Audi is already busy on the electric sports car planned with a limited number release by 2012, to be marketed under the E-tron name.

Audi Zero?

The plan is on for a mass-market electric car – supermini – is very much ongoing as confirmed by CEO Stadler in Munich at the launch of Audi 7 Sportback. Audi’s electric car can either be something similar to A1 e-tron Concept or a smaller platform named ‘Audi Zero’. Audi will not do any spin-off versions like Skoda or Seat had done.

Future plans:

Audi is working on the basis that in about 3-5 years time, market will be ready for such electric cars and that will be the time when these cars will also be viable. In Stadler’s words, “What we then need are customers willing to pay a premium these vehicles demand… We are a technical company planning technical solutions, but we are also entrepreneurial, so we are planning for a changing market… in 10 years time I see a point where we have clean energy too. Then the situation will be perfect.”

  • Matthew

    I am a big Fan of AUDI and cant wait for the real deal to be out and about on the streets. The world needs a change and electrical cars is one of the solutions to making the environment more friendly.

  • Aaron

    believe it or not we already have cars that run off of something better than electricity. Hydrogen powered vehicles had already found its way into our world several years ago and instead off waste coming out as emission theirs is clean drinkable water… the companies later disclosed the product because the profit wasn’t high enough for their greedy pockets.

  • Byron

    “What do I think?” Well very disappointed that they would just follow what the other manufacturers are doing, why not come out with a better more innovative system like a built in pnuemakinetic electric generator or go the whole hog and produce a pnuemakinetic power plant as its main engine, this would convert air pressure a (24/7 kinetic energy source) into mechanical energy, to covert to electrical (or direct drive, if a high enough rpm can be achieved to enable 100mph) this would have the obvious advantage, of self charging, meaning you never run out of fuel.

    Although this is very possible now, I know none of the car manufacturers will do it.
    While this will be fantastic news for the environment of the planet as the cleanest and cheapest form of transport.
    The downside is it will destroy the monetary system and therefore wealth, which defeats the object of the greedy car manufacturers.

  • yoatmon

    It appears as though Audi is preparing to move in a new direction. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Audi is being surveyed and controlled from its mother, VW and is not allowed to do everything it would like to do.

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