In 2021, the premiere of Audi electric cars, serial, concepts, prototypes went almost more often than conventional cars. On the road to a complete phase-out of ICE models in 2033, the company has decided to ramp up investment. From 2022 to 2026, Audi will spend 37 billion euros on research, development, infrastructure, of which 18 billion euros – only for electrification and hybridization. This should accelerate the brand’s transition to the electric era. At the same time, from 2030 Audi plans to sell three million cars a year.
The results of the year have not yet been summed up, but we can take the first nine months as a benchmark: Audi sold 1,347,637 cars worldwide (+ 13% by 2020), of which 52,774 pure electric cars (+ 51.4%) .
In 2018, Audi had one production electric car, “just” the e-tron. Now: e-tron and e-tron Sportback, e-tron S and S Sportback, Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. And in China there is a Q2L e-tron and a Q5 e-tron. In 2022-2023, we are waiting for the Q6 e-tron and serial incarnations of the AI: ME and A6 e-tron concepts.
Ingolstadt has confirmed the availability of more than twenty electric models in the Audi range by 2025, and also announced the acceleration of the development of charging networks. Investments in the European network Ionity are planned here (Volkswagen Group, including Audi and Porsche, are one of its founders). The number of its powerful (350 kW) charging columns should increase from 1,500 to 7,000 in three years. However, in addition, Audi will start building its own premium charging hubs with several charging points, buffer energy storage from decommissioned traction batteries, solar panels on the roof and a zone recreation. The first such comfortable Audi station will open in Nuremberg on 23 December.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Audi e-tron GT 2021 from the FineAuto team: