German carmaker Audi has announced that it plans to sell approximately 8 lakh electrified cars, including both fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars, in 2025. According to the company’s updated ‘Audi Vorsprung 2025’ strategy, it aims to enable about every third customer to decide in favour of an e-model by the middle of the next decade. Moreover, Audi production plants are said to be CO2 neutral by 2030.
The manufacturer claims that the target will be achieved with more than 20 electrified models. In 2019, the Audi e-tron Sportback will be the second fully electric car to be launched, followed by the Audi e-tron GT from Audi Sport in 2020. Audi will also offer an electric model in the premium compact segment in 2020.
The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype is the first result of the Roadmap E initiative, with which the premium brand will electrify its complete portfolio by 2025. This also includes investment in the German plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm as well as a clear commitment for job security until the end of 2025.
At the market launch of the e-tron, customers in Europe will benefit from a high-performance charging infrastructure. The production version of the Audi e-tron will be the first car that can be charged at rapid-charging stations with up to 150 kilowatts. This will make the electric SUV ready for the next long distance in just under 30 minutes. Its lithium-ion battery-pack provides a range of more than 400 kilometres in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light -vehicle Test Procedure) driving cycle.