• May 5th 2008 at 7:58AM
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Audi has been quietly going about the business of preparing its lineup for a green future, with cleaner and more efficient diesels in Europe, and oil-burners scheduled for the US in the near future. While the German automaker realizes diesel will be big in the next 10 years, it's also planning for life without emissions. Audi exec Rupert Stadler says the four-ringed automaker is primed to offer an electric vehicle in the next five to ten years. Meanwhile, Audi's German competition has been talking up its green position, but Stadler points out that the Volkswagen-owned brand has more research resources to exercise its options.
With the emissions belt being tightened both here in the US and in Europe, every automaker is going to have to make huge changes to its vehicles to stay in the game, and Audi is no different. We're going to be the big winners during these changing times, and while a battery-powered R8 won't sound as good as its petrol-powered twin, we like the idea of plugging in our sports car instead of filling it with gas every few days.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This sounds like the punchline to a joke, given VAG's notorious electrical systems.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volkswagen already sold a all electric powered Golf MK III long time ago..

      Called Golf 3 Citystromer... produced in 1995 it was the first true production electric car (small scale). They sold 120 Citystromer during a time no one was thinking about zerro emission vehicles..



      • 7 Years Ago
      Hate to sound green but is there much difference between coal-driven electricity and oil as far as carbon footprint?

      I love fast cars, sharp looking and good handling autos but at the end of the day, why does it take 1.5 tons of metal to move a 200lb person commuting to work? does it even make sense?

      I still turn to the 3-wheeling VW that never was. stick a lightweight roof on it and that goes a long way to what the future needs to look like in 10-20 yrs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I do agree that there is still emissions being created when you plug in your car versus using gas however consider the following:

        1. It takes energy to pump oil out of the ground
        2. It takes energy to move said oil to a refinery
        3. It takes energy to refine the oil into gasoline
        4. It takes energy to move the gasoline to pumps

        now look at a plug in car

        1. It takes energy to dig up coal
        2. It takes energy to move said coal to the power plant

        Getting your energy from a centralized source such as a power plant grid versus thousands of little gas stations already save tons of wasted energy. Now instead of coal being used at those power plants, imagine nuclear energy or even better solar, wind, tidal or other alternative forms of energy that are indeed emissions free.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The difference is there are other sources of electricity besides coal, dweeb. More markets continue to open up to WIND power and even other sources.

        Not only that, but with advances in solar energy, in a few years it will be as easy to switch to FREE energy with the jerk of a plug. You can't exactly do that with a gas tank, can you?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would think a coal power plant is much more efficient than a small gasoline engine that has to deal with varying loads, but I'm not sure. Maybe someone else can enlighten us with ballpark figures?
        • 7 Years Ago
        geo.stewart, you are correct - carbon is carbon regardless of the source.

        With viable electric vehicles, and an upgraded electrical transmission infrastructure, the source of the electricity can be made green with a little effort.

        Wind, hydro, solar, and even (gasp!) nuclear can be drop in replacements for coal fired electricity - where appropriate.

        Our current thirst for oil can not be easily replaced thanks to the gasoline powered vehicles on the market. Widespread availability of electric vehicles makes the transition to alternative energy sources much easier.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "Audi to offer electric vehicles within ten years"

      If GM said electric in 10 years, the uproar would be deafening. But the double standrd is alive and well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      10 years huh. Don't strain yourself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is a Chop of a member of forocoches.com ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Coal generated electricity powering an electric car IS much more efficient than a gasoline powered car, and produces much less CO2. However in my area coal accounts for 15% of electric power, with 50% from hydro and wind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      But their V8s sound so good.