The upcoming Audi e-Tron GT is expected to rival models like the Tesla Model S. Let's not forget that by 2020 Porsche will also have the Mission E in the market, so it will be interesting to see how the two companies will tackle the positioning of their new electric models.
Production on the E-Tron GT will begin early next decade at Audi's Böllinger Höfe facility near Neckarsulm, Germany.
Rupert Stadler with the Audi e-tron prototype. According to Alexander Seitz, Member of the Board of Management for Finance, IT and Integrity said that Audi has implemented measures to work on four new models and derivatives with an unchanged budget.
By 2025, Audi plans to have more than 20 electrified models that will make up a third of its unit sales.
Not much else is known, but the vehicle will likely share more than a little DNA with Porsche's Mission E which will precede the E-Tron by a year or two.
Although Audi has announced it is jointly developing a new EV platform with Porsche, the so-called premium platform electric (PPE) architecture, the automakers jointly announced in February that the platform isn't planned to underpin a production model until the end of 2021.
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Perhaps what's most interesting about Audi's conversion to the electric cause is a focus on what will be special "Audi Sport" performance models. An E-Tron Sportback is due next year and will also make Brussels its home for production.
As well as rivalling the Telsa Model S, the new Audi is also expected to see competition from a secret new pure electric Jaguar sedan being developed as a sister model to the recently unveiled I-Pace and successor the British auto maker's long running XJ sedan.
The model overhaul, also introducing the new Q8 SUV, is expected to have a "sustained positive impact" on deliveries and earnings from 2019, Audi said.
First came the Tesla Model S, followed by the Model X.
The concept version of the e-tron quattro features three electric motors - one for the front axle and two for each rear wheel.