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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Entire Audi lineup to get e-tron variant by 2020

Audi is planning to launch e-tron versions for all of its models by 2020.

Back in 2008 Toyota was the first to officially announce that it will offer its customers a hybrid version for all of its cars by 2020. Now Audi is stepping forward and announcing that all of its models will receive electric versions by the same year.

This follows a push from many other luxurious marque’s, including BMW, Audi and even Bentley who are also developing plug-in hybrid powertrains to further reduce emissions and pass harder and harder emission standards across the world. However, with more than half a dozen e-tron models to launch in the next five years, Audi will definitely have its work cut out for it.

By 2020, Audi wants to be the leading premium manufacturer of electric vehicles with annual sales reaching six figures. Audi is planning to develop plug-in hybrids, hybrids and electric vehicles for all of its models and the first one to make its way into the dealerships will be the production version of the Audi R8 e-tron, which has been scheduled to be launched later on this year.

The German supercar will be followed in 2014 by a plug-in hybrid version of the A3, along with similar variants of the A4 and Q7. No date has been set for the range extender A1 e-tron.

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