AUDI TO ELECTRIFY AT THE 2019 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
Audi is set to unveil four all-electric drive vehicles at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show continuing to showcase its innovative moves in the electric premium car market; the Audi e-tron, the coupé equivalent of this innovative SUV, the Audi e-tron Sportback, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept and the European debut of the Audi e-tron GT concept. The series versions of these four all-electric cars will be released to the market by the end of 2020.
Audi will host a press conference on Tuesday March 5th, 2019 from the Geneva Motor show where they will unveil these innovative models with the press conference beginning at 7:00 a.m. (GMT).
The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback use components from Audi’s modular longitudinal platform. This and numerous innovative technologies, primarily in the area of drive systems, are giving rise to a separate product family of e-SUVs with electric quattro all-wheel drive. Fast charging with up to 150 kW and a range suitable for long-distance journeys promise full everyday use.
Two further series-production debuts will follow in 2020: the Audi e-tron GT and Audi Q4 e-tron which will be showcased at the Audi press conference.
In addition, Audi will give a world premiere showing to the fully electric Formula E race car Audi e-tron FE05 as well as four new plug-in hybrid versions – Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5. Both of the established plug-in versions of the Audi A3 and Audi Q7, complete with upgraded technology, will also be made available for order again, in 2019.
A total of four technical platforms and product families will act as the foundation for offering electric vehicles in every segment from A to D. Audi are working in close collaboration between the Technical Development of other Group brands to leverage the synergies required for a broad, global range.
Audi already presented the first member of another e-platform in 2018: The Audi e-tron GT concept showcar. A highly dynamic coupé with a low floor, the design and character of the e-tron GT concept are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA. The technology in this innovative model was developed in collaboration with Porsche.
Another joint project of the development departments at Audi and Porsche is the Premium Architecture Electrification (PPE). It will be the foundation for multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments. Both SUVs and classic body concepts are planned here with a low vehicle floor. A major strength of the PPE is that it was developed exclusively for electric drive. This offers advantages with respect to weight, the package and the proportions of the body.
Several Volkswagen Group brands are collaborating on the development of the modular electrification platform (MEB), which serves as the basis for a series of Audi e-models, particularly in the high-volume A segment.
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show takes place from Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th March.