In a recent article on AutoCar.co.uk, Audi’s research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg revealed further details about how the plan will be implemented.
The upcoming launch of the 2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron was described as a “benchmark for other plug-in hybrids” that Audi will use as it prioritizes plug-in hybrids over all other types of powertrains.
Audi will be developing two plug-in hybrid families – smaller models will be based on the MQB platform that the upcoming A3 e-tron uses, and larger Audi models will use the new MLB-Evo chassis with longitudinal engines. These two families will enable Audi to work towards their target of having a plug-in hybrid version of each of their key models by the model year 2020.
In regards to extended range electric vehicles, Hackenberg says “If you are going to incorporate an engine with enough power to supply the batteries, it might as well be driving the wheels also.”