What does the future hold for Audi in regards to electrifying its lineup of vehicles? The staff over at Fourtitude had a chance to interview Audi board member in charge of development Michael Dick and came away with some hints pointing out the company's direction for the years ahead. The highlights of the lengthy interview are drawn out below.
An Audi A2 is part of the electrification plan. This vehicle may come in the form of an e-tron model, it could be fitted as an extended-range electric vehicle, or maybe even outfitted with an advanced hybrid powertrain. But regardless of what setup the A2 employs, it is a part of the company's future electric plans.
Moving on to the A1 e-tron, the vehicle has not met approval from Audi yet, but the company will closely gauge reaction as the car makes its rounds at auto shows. If reaction is positive, it could be green-lighted.
In the racing segment, Audi plans a complete overhaul for the 2011 season. Pending the announcement of new rules, Audi is considering several options for its Le Mans racer. The vehicles could be outfitted with a KERS system, it could be a more conventional hybrid setup, or something entirely new. The sanctioning body has not disclosed the entire set of rules for next season and Audi will not commit until these guidelines are in hand.
What is certain from the interview is Audi's intent to focus on the development of future electric and hybrid vehicles. Which path they choose is not entirely decided, but the company is already on the track towards an electric future.