The EV grand tourer, a sibling to the Porsche Taycan, isn’t set to hit showrooms until early 2021 after the unveiling. While the physical LA show itself hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new model should still be unveiled then.
It appears that the design of the original 2018 concept will be largely retained for production, with the camouflaged test mues sharing the same lines and proportions. Notable differences include the presence of door handles, which were absent on the concept.
As Audi has previously emphasized about the E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback, the maximum charging rate isn’t as important as the charging rate that the vehicle can maintain over time. It’s the latter that makes your highway stop predictable.
Other electric vehicles, Audi claims—and it hasn’t said which ones—typically only reach their charging peak power for a short time and then drop to a tapered approach for the rest of the session. If the driver doesn’t plug in for the right portion of the battery’s state of charge (SOC), they miss the fastest charging—or anything close to the claimed miles recovered per 10 minutes.
Supplying 299PS via quattro drive for compelling performance and agility, and suppressing fuel consumption and CO2 output through extensive electric-only driving range capability and the use of intelligent predictive drive management for perfectly harmonised interaction between the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and powerful 105kW electric motor. Available to order in the UK now in Saloon form, with an Avant version to follow later, the A6 50 TFSI e doesn’t compromise its executive class credentials in the pursuit of this parsimony – its luxury and in-car technology are as optimal as its efficiency, thanks to the fully digital cabin employing the latest MMI Touch operating concept, and to four sophisticated specification options, including the particularly unstinting Vorsprung.
In the new A6 50 TFSI e responsibility for the most economical mileage coverage possible falls to a 2.0 TFSI engine with 252PS of output and 370 Nm (272 lb ft) of torque coupled with a 105kW electric motor delivering peak torque of 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft). In unison, the pair provide 299PS of ‘system power’ and 450Nm of ‘system torque’.
Buyer incentives for passenger cars, including a lowering of value added tax (VAT) to 16% from 19% were included as part of a 130 billion euro ($145.74 billion) stimulus but analysts said it would not be enough to significantly boost car demand.
Germany included a 6,000 euro incentive for battery electric cars costing below 40,000 euros, bringing consumer incentives for electric cars to 9,000 euros once a 3,000 euro manufacturer stipend is included.
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“Ford’s perspective is in order to meet that demand, you’ve got to really come up with a compelling reason for the customers to buy—so exciting products, great capability, new functionality that you can’t quite get with a conventionally powered vehicle for us are all ways that we can help manage that transition to the end of the decade.”
And that’s why Ford doesn’t see the success of its EVs like Mach-E as being tethered to the price of gas, he said.
“We think…people are buying them because they’re great products first and maybe that cost of ownership on some products, like the commercial van, might be a little bit more of a consideration,” he said. “If you were only relying on cost of ownership as your main reason for purchase, this (very low gas prices) could be quite disruptive.”
Audi has set up a new high-tech car division, Artemis, focused on developing “a pioneering model” that will bypass the traditional process. The team will be based in Ingolstadt and get to tap into all of the Volkswagen Group hardware, software, and engineering and design talent. However it’ll be wielding those in a way to fast-track a new electric car to market.
According to Markus Duesmann, chairman of the board of management at Audi AG, “the current electric initiative at the Volkswagen Group naturally ties up all our capacities. The obvious question was how we could implement additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the manageability of existing projects, and at the same time utilize new opportunities in the markets.”
The announcement was made by the carmaker’s new CEO, Markus Duesmann, who said Artemis would become operational on June 1, 2020, and will seek out to create new cars for both Audi and the Volkswagen group. Fast.
The project’s first product, a brand new Audi electric car, is to be launched no later than 2024, and will also incorporate some type of autonomous technology. The car is to serve as a blueprint for other models to be launched across the group.
The project is intended to complement the Volkswagen Group’s electric offensive with 75 planned electric models by 2029. “The question was obvious how we could realize additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the affordability of existing projects and at the same time take advantage of new opportunities in the markets,” said Duesmann. Artemis is intended to meet this requirement and become a “blueprint for the future agile development of automobiles throughout the Volkswagen Group”. In return, the team will be given great freedom and will be able to draw on the full resources of the entire Group. The project is being worked on both online and offline between Ingolstadt and the West Coast of the USA.
The Duo experimental vehicle was first shown at the 1989 Geneva motor show, and featured a 134 bhp, 2.3-litre five-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels, with a 12 bhp Siemens electric motor powered by a nickel-cadmium battery mounted underneath the boot floor driving the rear axle. The car even had a solar panel roof to help with batter charging.
Audi is set to intensify its development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, according to a public announcement by chairman Bram Schot.
The reasons behind the move include concerns over the sourcing of natural resources for battery production and doubts over electric cars being able to deliver on ever-more-demanding customer expectations…