Audi sees the R8 as just the beginning
The Geneva Motor Show was chosen by Audi to launch the R8, which is its first all-electric production car, and company engineering chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed that Audi's EV plans do not stop there. Dr Hackenberg described the R8 e-tron as "a technical light tower" that will be used as a blueprint to launch Audi's new family of electric models.
An official press release from the company confirmed that the findings from the R8 will be used to create an SUV family car. The aim is to create a vehicle with a range of well over 300 miles; if this is achieved, it would surpass the Tesla Model S and make the vehicle the first genuine alternative to petrol or diesel power. Speaking about the new family-orientated car, Dr Hackenberg said: "We will make a presentation soon," adding: "It will have a specific design, so we won't take an A6 or a Q5 or whatever and integrate the battery electric drivetrain. The build system has the same architecture as an MLB car, that means we can build it in an MLB plant. MLB means that we can work with steel, with a mixture of materials and also with aluminium."
Audi has some of the best scientific minds working on the project; as a result, the speed of development is increasing. The company's primary objective is to improve the power density in the electric cell unit to enable the vehicle to go further.