Audi Considering An All-Electric A8, Decision Still Pending

All-electric vehicles are spreading like wildfire in the automotive landscape. Audi is among those who are currently expanding their electrified offerings, and the next generation Audi A8 is a potential candidate for getting a zero-emission powertrain.

This isn’t just another rumor, as such a potential model has officially been hinted during the company’s Annual General Meeting by Chairman of the Board of Management, Bram Schot, although nothing has been decided yet.

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In his speech, the Audi official said: “In 2020, we will launch five electric cars. And we will make significant progress after that; Audi will already have 20 all-electric models by 2025. The next generation Audi A8 might well be all-electric. That has not been decided yet, but I can well imagine it. We are thinking about revolutionizing the top-end class with a completely new concept for the A8.”

The fourth-generation A8 will turn two in mid-summer, so it’s here to stay for a few more years. Its predecessor had a life span of seven years, and so did the one before that ,which, in all likelihood, means that the current model should remain in production until 2024.

While a battery-electric powertrain for the A8 still has to be decided, Audi has already approved a more luxurious version that will be targeted at the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Rumored to resurrect the long-dormant Horch brand name, it will serve as the range-topping member of the family.

 

  • Silence is luxury, it would make perfect sense. Price is not a problem to fit in a huge battery pack either.

    • europeon

      Yup, the only other segment where full electric cars make sense. The other one being small city cars.

      • Bash

        Small EV city cars are tricky and really can’t have sufficient range; due to their size and the obvious reasons.

        • europeon

          You don’t need more that 150km/100mi for a city car. Really.

          Even in a big city like London or Paris you won’t do more that 60-70km/day, and that’s if you’re crossing the city from one side to the other. You don’t even need fast charge, an overnight charge is more than enough.

          And if you’re talking about an average European city, you can go 2-3 days on one charge with that 150km range.

          • Bash

            I totally understand your perspective, things here are different as you know.

          • europeon

            Then you don’t need a small city car. You need something bigger. I’m talking about something Fiat 500 size.

        • Jason Panamera

          Small EV city cars will have sense only when their prices will be on the level of current petrol/diesel variants.

          • Bash

            True, that is one main point you made, the other one also is when they have a proper EV range, I’m thinking +200mile (+320km) as a bare minimum. and also, I dont wanna hear about charging time measured in hours.

      • Jason Panamera

        If you got money to choose between pricey options and different engine range, then you are a proper target for EV variant.

  • Suf

    There was an article last year I think about jaguar making the Xj fully electric, I could be wrong.

    • Jason Panamera

      There was. Also it was said that next gen of XJ will have again sedan lines instead of coupe-like.

  • Elmediterraneo

    – Audi RS5 Cabriolet
    – Audi RS Q5
    – Audi S8
    – Audi A8L W12
    Those cars are dead/cancelled or what ?

    • Daniela Wolf

      -dead
      -dead
      -Q4 2019
      -A8 Horch

  • MORE THAN A DECADE AFTER THE MODEL S WAS RELEASED IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME FOR THE GERMANS TO COME UP WITH A DEDICATED LUXURY EV COMPARABLE OR SURPASSING WHAT TESLA DID…WAY BACK WHEN.

    • Daniela Wolf

      U consider Tesla as a Luxury or premium manufacturer 😛

      • NO, THOUGH SOME DO. I CONSIDER THE A8 A LUXURY CAR AND A DECADE LATER AUDI SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO BETTER. NOT THAT HARD SINCE TESLA LAID THE GROUND WORK.

        • PK

          the germans will do it. don’t know when but eventually.

    • Cobrajet

      They let Tesla do the work first.

      • AND STILL HAVEN’T CAUGHT UP.

        • Cobrajet

          Who else really has.

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