Audi wants at least 25% of U.S. sales from electric vehicles
The announcements came out of the Audi presentation at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Audi will build its position in electric vehicle technology with the launch of the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid later this year.
It will then accelerate toward its decade-long goal of 25% electric vehicle sales with the production version of the fully electric Audi e-tron quattro concept SUV by 2018, along with other plug-in models to come.
Audi will support the broad adoption of EV technology in the U.S. by developing a nationwide 150 kilowatt fast charging network that would provide an 80 percent charge in only 30 minutes – enough for 200 miles worth of driving in the Audi e-tron quattro.
The network will be in place for the launch of the fully electric SUV in 2018.
The A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is the first volume-oriented electrified vehicle from a traditional automaker to be available nationwide at launch. ■