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Fourtitude said:R8 e-tron Due Later this Year with plug-in A3 e-tron, A4 e-tron and Q7 e-tron Models to Follow
While most knew the all-electric R8 e-tron was on the way this year, the big news here is the confirmation of additional "plug-in hybrid" e-tron models to come including the new Audi A3 and next-generation MLB-evo A4 and Q7.
By mentioning they would be "plug-ins" this qualifies them as e-tron badged models under our explanation of the nomenclature. This means electric power and propulsion with some sort of power-generating combustion engine backup. Audi is currently testing their A1 e-tron pilot fleet in Munich - cars that use a small rotary engine as a reserve due to the low rev and low vibration operation of the design. Would Audi do similar configurations for the A3, A4 and Q7?
Audi said:"Under our e-tron master plan, Audi intends to follow the launch of our hybrid models this year with the launch of our first electric vehicle: the R8 e-tron.
While we are planning small-scale series production for this car, which is a vital element in our innovation and technology plans, the electric driving experience will become a reality for a growing clientele with our plug-in hybrids. Our pioneering vehicle in this field is the Audi A3, with the market launch of a plug-in version slated for 2014. This will be followed by the next-generation Audi A4 and Audi Q7 plug-in cars – starting in 2014 and in successive years. In 2020, we want to have an e-tron available in every segment and to achieve total sales in the six-figure range."