Research and development boss reveals new details of how Audi will increase its range of hybrid models by the end of the decade
2 July 2014

Audi plans to have a plug-in hybrid variant of each of its key models by 2020, and the firm's research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg has revealed further details about how the plan will be implemented.

Hackenberg was speaking at the launch of the A3 Sportback e-tron, which he described as “a benchmark for other plug-in hybrids”. He said Audi had decided to prioritise plug-in hybrids over other forms of alternative powertrains, because “they meet all of our customers’ expectations”.

He revealed that Audi is developing two plug-in hybrid powertrain families. Future models based on the MQB platform would be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain mirroring that of the A3 e-tron. This features an electric motor sited between a transversely mounted 1.4 TFSI petrol engine and a specially developed six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sends drive to the front wheels. 

He added that four-wheel-drive versions of MQB-based models might also be offered using the petrol-electric set-up to drive the front wheels and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle.

Larger Audi models mounted on the new MLB-Evo platform and with longitudinal engines would use a similar system, with the electric motor mounted between the engine and gearbox. Hackenberg said quattro versions of these plug-in hybrids were also possible, using either a mechanically or electrically driven rear axle. 

He also said he thought the A1 e-tron range-extender EV was a flawed concept. “If you are going to incorporate an engine with enough power to supply the batteries, it might as well be driving the wheels also,” he said.

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3 July 2014
The Previous Audi 'techi' boss, Dürheimer, basically got the sack because he ignored the Electric plug-in power so Audi are gonna make up big time for their mistake. The lessons learnt are IGNORE THE PLUG-IN AT YOUR PERIL

 

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3 July 2014
So after all Toyota/Lexus were right... Hybrid Petrol, and in which the engine also power the wheels directly... hurray Toyota!

21 August 2014
We can estimate the future of automobile; as we well known with the fact that day by day different vehicle brands are producing different kinds of models at regular intervals. Therefore we have found several changes in the new models. Here also we have found that how Audi plans for hybrid version of models; and in near future we may found different types of new attractive and unique models with unique features. From here we can estimate the future of Audi by 2020; not even Audi other luxurious vehicles like Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and many others are also planning for the same.

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