Electric vehicles – expensive, limited distance range, scarcity of charging stations, not as fun as petrol driven vehicles – all these conceptions have been keeping the buyers away from the electric vehicle range. Now, however, the times of electric vehicles are set to hit the new highs. Rising fuel prices, environmental concerns and tougher government policies are forcing automobile manufacturers around the world to find alternative fuel powered engines.
Yesterday we reported Ssangyong showcasing its Korando C EV-R range extender hybrid in Korea which is a partial petrol, partial electric SUV from the Korean manufacturer. Today, news have started floating from Reuters that German manufacturer, Audi, is in plans of developing an entire range of high-performance electric vehicles. Audi has reportedly taken up the strategy looking at BMW’s i-Series success story. Tesla managed to develop new technology which provides extended driving range and reduces costs. Its electric vehicle S Luxury Saloon has a range of 502 kilometres which is by far one of the longest in the segment.
Audi introduced the all-electric version of its sportscar R8 with name tag of R8 e-tron slated to go on sale in 2012. However, limited range of just 215 kilometres forced Audi to postpone the launch. Now, scheduled for 2015, is a new version of the R8 e-tron which the company claims to have a range of 450 kilometres.
Report also suggests that Audi will bring an entire range of high-performance electric cars including an electric version of Q8 SUV.
Electric vehicles are the need of the hour. But, we do not expect to see an entire range anytime soon.
Till then, tell us what you feel about Audi’s plans through your comments below.
Here is the image gallery of 2012 Audi R8 e-tron