Audi plans to put an electric car on sale when the powertrain in this e-tron concept hits targets on range, performance and durability.
The Audi e-tron, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt show, could also give clues about a Porsche Boxster-sized sports car - the much-rumoured R4 - although sources suggest that’s not its main role.
“We’re not putting a date on an electric road car yet, but the significance of the e-tron concept is that we will develop an electric road car in the future when the technology is right,” said an Audi source.
At 4.26m long and 1.9m wide, the e-tron is shorter and wider than a Boxster. This raises the possibility, after VW’s takeover of Porsche, that a platform-sharing deal with Audi is imminent, and that a compact two-seater is one potential outcome.
Because the e-tron’s electric powertrain is clothed in a sports car shape, it shows Audi’s intention to introduce an electric powertrain from the top of its range downwards.