Volkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020

September 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on Volkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020 § permalink

Looking ahead, Volkswagen wants its cars to be able to function as smartphones on wheels — sending and receiving data as they drive.

The German manufacturer plans on joining the self-driving car market, but in the more immediate sense, it will roll out 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids – spanning compacts to luxury sedans – according to Bloomberg.

“We are in the process of reinventing Europe’s largest automaker,” said VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn prior to this week’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, as reported by Bloomberg. “By 2020, we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels.”

Winterkorn added: “At a time of major social and technological upheaval, people expect new answers, new solutions and new directions from us. The Porsche Mission E and the Audi e-tron quattro concept are nothing less than a quantum leap for our industry.”

With each of the aforementioned electric vehicles boasting a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles), Winterkorn said VW’s Tiguan GTE model exemplifies their “determination to systematically take the plug-in hybrid to further classes and segments.”

To that end, Volkswagen showed off its concept technology for charging electric cars in “V-Charge” in Frankfurt.

“We have the right cars. Now what is needed is the right framework for this key technology to really catch on,” Winterkorn stated.

VW certainly needs the boost, considering that Bloomberg is reporting that the manufacturer’s deliveries in the United States are declining and have also slowed in China, its largest market.

In addition to its vow to roll out with 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020, Volkswagen was recently one of the automakers that gained approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous cars on the steets of California.

Ev competition – more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla

September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Ev competition – more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla § permalink

Porsche and Audi are hoping to challenge Tesla in the luxury electric car market, but Elon Musk can sleep easy for now. Both are still years away from production.
Porsche unveiled its first all-electric concept car at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday. It looks like a futuristic version of the Porsche 911.

The German sports car maker boasts that the four-door Mission E will be able to drive roughly 310 miles on a single charge. The new model should take just 15 minutes to charge to about 80% of its capacity.

That would be significantly faster than market leader Tesla (TSLA), which requires about 30 minutes to reach the same level of charge.

Plus, the Mission E boasts a longer range than Tesla’s Model S. It should run for 250 miles after a 15-minute charge versus 170 miles from a 30-minute charge.

Still, Tesla has a few years to close that gap.

A Porsche spokesperson told CNNMoney that production of the car would be “feasible within the near future,” but noted that it may take five years for battery technology to advance sufficiently.

The concept is part of a bigger push by Porsche parent Volkswagen (VLKAY) into electric vehicles. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said the group is planning to roll out 20 more electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020.

“No commitment to electro-mobility can be any clearer than that,” said Winterkorn, who oversees brands including Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Audi unveiled a new all-electric SUV concept vehicle called the e‑tron quattro last month. It will have the same driving range as the Porsche Mission E, and production will begin in 2018.

The Mission E will offer features such as gesture-activated controls, eye-tracking controls and some holographic images around the dashboard.

 It turns out that the X5’s 3.3 l/100 km (71 mpg US/85 mpg UK) average fuel consumption is…actually average itself, compared to how good the Q7 and the XC90 look on paper. The Audi is by far the most fuel efficient SUV here, with its 1.7l/100 km (138 mpg US/166 mpg UK) average.

Sure, good luck getting anywhere close to those numbers in the real world, but for some people specs do matter a lot. We buy most of our smartphones based on who’s got the best specs, even though we rarely use all that processing power – the same mentality can be used to analyze rival cars.

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Audi UK opens its first ‘pop-up’ store

January 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on Audi UK opens its first ‘pop-up’ store § permalink

Audi has opened its first ever ‘pop-up’ store today at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.

The store will showcase the A3 Sportback e-tron to shoppers in readiness for the national roll out of the recently crowned 2015 What Car? Electric Car of the Year at Audi Centres across the UK from January 17.
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2017 Gen: Audi’s upcoming electric car does 280 miles on a single charge

December 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on 2017 Gen: Audi’s upcoming electric car does 280 miles on a single charge § permalink

Audi has an all-electric car going into production, and according to technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg, it’ll arrive sometime around 2017.

Apparently Audi’s latest electric project will benefit from some typically efficient German engineering, allegedly doing 280 miles on a single charge.
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All new AUDI A3 E-Tron. PHEV Now available to order! 35 EV miles/ 0-62 in 7.6s/ 35g/km co2

August 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on All new AUDI A3 E-Tron. PHEV Now available to order! 35 EV miles/ 0-62 in 7.6s/ 35g/km co2 § permalink

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers the kind of performance you wouldn’t expect, and the kind of fuel economy unheard of in a conventional car. It’s even capable of travelling up to 31 miles using just electric power, which means you could make a whole journey without using a drop of fuel.

The full Price and Specification Guide is now available online, with a printed version coming very soon, so you’ll be able to create your own A3 Sportback e-tron. Just click the link to start exploring the options.

Full PDF Specification
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Quite a day at #RagleyHall – @audi ‘s next gen a3 hot hatch is nearly here with PHEV #ev #electricCar Plugin hybrid

July 2nd, 2014 § Comments Off on Quite a day at #RagleyHall – @audi ‘s next gen a3 hot hatch is nearly here with PHEV #ev #electricCar Plugin hybrid § permalink

Quite a day at #RagleyHall – #audi ‘s next generation hot hatch is nearly here with PHEV #ev #electricCar Plugin hybrid features available to order from Aug 2014.
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Tesla Sights: Apple ‘exploring move into electric cars’

February 21st, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla Sights: Apple ‘exploring move into electric cars’ § permalink

The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper is reporting that Apple’s merger and acquisition chief Adrian Perica met with Elon Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturers Tesla last spring.

In October last year German banking analyst Adnaan Ahamd urged the company to invest in Tesla to “radically alter Apple’s growth profile”.

“In Elon Musk, you could strike up a partnership and obtain a new iconic partner to lead Apple’s innovation drive,” he added.

It was also reported Apple is looking to move into the world of healthcare technology, specifically devices used to predict heart attacks.

Audio engineer Tomlinson Holman, inventor of THX and 10.2 surround sound, is aiding the company to study the sound blood makes as it flows through arteries.

As part of its quarterly financial results released last month, Apple revealed it had spent $525 million on deals- almost double the amount it spent the entire previous year.

The reported moves into automobiles and healthcare appears to mark a desire for Apple to expand beyond the design and production of consumer devices.

Apple has previously shown its hand in this market and announced deals with BMW, Daimler, Mercedes and Honda to produce smart dashboards featuring iOS, the same operating system used by iPads and iPhones.

It has also collaborated with Tesla in the past by supplying its map technology, alongside Audi and Toyota.

2013/2014 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Video

July 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on 2013/2014 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Video § permalink

Audi is preparing to make a big step into the electrification of its lineup with the unveiling of its brand-new A3 e-tron. The model was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in early 2014.

In case you have taken a little vacation under a rock for the last few years, Audi has been tossing around the e-tron designation since 2009. At the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled the first e-tron concept in the form of the 308-horsepower 2010 R8 e-tron.

Audi again dropped an e-tron concept in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show with the A4-based concept that was rumored to see life in 2014. In concept guise, this model pumped out 201 horsepower and hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. This model, codenamed the 9X1, is supposedly under development and will hit production in 2014.

The e-tron line carried on with the A1 e-tron at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, which produced 101 horsepower. Then, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the 2011 e-tron Spyder stopped the show with its 296-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engine and 86-horsepower electric motors that sprinted the convertible to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Audi finally unveiled the first production e-tron model, in the form of the 2013 A3 Sportback e-tron.

Driveline Specifications:

System Output 150 KW (204 Hp)
System Torque 350 Nm (258.15 Lb-Ft)
Output, 1.4 TFSI 110 KW (150 Hp)
Torque, 1.4 TFSI 250 Nm (184.39 Lb-Ft) From 1,750 To 4,000 Rpm
Output, Electric Motor Max. 75 KW
Torque, Electric Motor Max. 330 Nm (243.40 Lb-Ft)
Battery Capacity / Voltage 8.8 KWh / 280 To 390 Volts
0 – 100 Km/H (62 Mph) 7.6 S
Range In Electric Mode Up To 50 Km (31.07 Miles)
Overall Operating Range In NEDC Cycle Up To 940 Km (584.09 Miles)
Consumption Acc. To ECE Standard 1.5 L/100 Km (156.81 US Mpg)
CO2 Emissions Acc. To ECE Standard 35 Grams/Km (56.33 G/Mile)
Top Speed 222 Km/H (137.94 Mph)


The Audi A3 e-tron will be put on sale in 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

#Audi A3 #E-tron #PHEV #hybrid to enter production this year, ahead of schedule. Due Mid-2014

June 24th, 2013 § Comments Off on #Audi A3 #E-tron #PHEV #hybrid to enter production this year, ahead of schedule. Due Mid-2014 § permalink

Back in March, Audi announced the A3 E-tron Sportback would go on sale in Europe some time in 2014, with the US to follow. Now, Audi says the A3 E-tron Sportback will reach volume production before the end of this year, becoming the first premium compact vehicle with plug-in hybrid technology.

Audi eTron A3

The Audi uses basically the same setup as the Volkswagen Golf Plug-in, but with all the luxury appointments that Audi has become known for. Powered by a 1.4litre engine, when used in conjunction with the electric drive unit, total system output power is 201 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. » Read the rest of this entry «

Audi is contemplating own release of VW e-Up type EV. A slice of ElectricCar cake, we say

May 18th, 2013 § Comments Off on Audi is contemplating own release of VW e-Up type EV. A slice of ElectricCar cake, we say § permalink

German automaker Audi is reportedly planning to introduce a Volkswagen e-Up!-based electric vehicle by 2015. Surprised? We’re not…

According to Auto Bild, Audi wants to deliver a premium all-electric city car that will greet its customers with an improved interior and an updated infotainment system. Furthermore, Ingolstadt’s future EV will sport different styling, which is more than natural if you ask us.

Rumor has it the Audi will outgun Volkswagen’s e-Up! as far as performance and range are concerned. One single charge will reportedly be capable to push the car for about 200 km (125 mile), 50 km more than the e-Up!,, while power figures are said to be around 114 HP and 270 Nm of torque.

Top speed of 150 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds complete the car’s unofficial specs. A little far fetched if you ask us, so be sure to take this with a grain of salt. The electric Audi is also reported to be priced under the €30,000 mark.

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