BMW recently revealed its plans for the Megacity electric vehicle and Daimler has touted its diminuitive Smart ED, but until now, Audi has remained mum on the subject of producing a rival electric city car. According to a report from What Car?, Audi chief executive officer Rupert Stadler has confirmed that the company will produce an electric supermini and is looking at a release date within the next five years. Stadler reportedly told What Car?:
It's unclear whether Audi's electric city car will be based off of the A1 e-tron concept or a smaller platform dubbed the Audi Zero. Either way, we're thrilled to have another make join the competition in the battery-powered city car segment.Almost certainly, yes, we will have a small electric car. It is being investigated. What we then need are customers willing to pay a premium these vehicles demand. What is important is that we believe there will be a time when such vehicles are viable. We are a technical company planning technical solutions, but we are also entrepreneurial, so we are planning for a changing market when customers will be ready.