2018 Audi A8 Won’t Be An EV – Report

by under News on 13 Jul 2017 01:34:25 PM13 Jul 2017

Plug-in hybrid is as far as this generation will go.

2018 Audi A8 Unveiled

Hot off the launch of its new flagship limousine, Audi has clarified that it has no intentions of bringing a fully-electric A8 this time around, sticking to internal-combustion engines (with forced induction) and going only as far as a plug-in hybrid.

Peter Fromm of Audi’s large-car division spoke to Autocar, and said unequivocally:

“For this model, we do not plan an electric A8. But in the future [A8 models], yes.”

This means that we shouldn’t expect to see a fully-electric A8 until around 2024, when the current model undergoes either a model-update or a full-model change. Interestingly, that is also the year when we expect to see an A9 e-tron join the family, which is also billed as a large luxury saloon. The marque’s first new ‘e-tron’ EV will come next year on the form of the E-tron SUV, which will pack a range of just under 500km on a single charge, before two more e-tron models come about in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

2018 Audi A8 Won’t Be An EV – Report

On the E-Tron, Audi’s UK director Andrew Doyle had this to say:

“We might not have been the first to market, but we will have the best EV on the market. It’s not going to be huge-volume from the beginning.”

Audi’s foray into electric mobility is well-timed, as France begins the charge to ban the sales of new internal-combustion cars by 2040. Doyle commented on that as well, saying that by 2040, “we’re going to make it [all-electric].”

 

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