Speaking at Audi's annual press conference earlier today, Rubert Stadler, the automaker's chairman, commented on plans to expand the e-tron line beyond the R8 model due next year.

The push will reportedly include plug-in hybrid versions of both the next-generation A4 and Q7, with the 2014 Audi A3 being the first model out of the gate with a plug-in option.

Another report indicates that the same race technology being pioneered by the recently unveiled R18 e-tron quattro hybrid LeMans prototype will be fitted to the B9 A4, with a pair of electric motors driving the rear wheels (versus the front, on the racer) because of the A4's FWD architecture.

Stadler went on to say that by 2020, Audi will have an e-tron version of each vehicle it offers in every segment, which in all likelihood will be either a pure electric model or some form of hybrid.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I applaud any effort towards the inevitable change to EVs. The IC engine is on borrowed time. I'm anxious to see how the Tesla Model S tests in the real world.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi had promised dozens of hybrids over the last decade - if they had kept on all of these, the entire lineup (maybe except TT and R8) would be available as an hybrid today. The only one that materialized was the Q5. So why believe this?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Germans can't even make a power window go up and down without it going haywire or bursting in to falmes and costing $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to repair!! Why in the hell are they building something called the e-tron? Do Audi owners just enjoy their trips to dealer for warranty work? You'd propably have to start living there after buying yourself a Q7 e-tron!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Clearly, you have confused Ze Germans with British Leyland from the 1970s.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or he confuzed ze Germans with ze Mericans cruise control switch that made Fords burn up...
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally someone understands that the future of motoring, even for enthusiasts, is mostly electric. We won't be entirely electric anytime soon. But the sooner the masses get into electric, using up excess electric power generation at night to power our cars not gas, the better for everyone (and the environvent too). Soon we will have the tech to allow most motorists to go full electric and we need to start the switch now. Audi seems to get that fact. Yes, in some ways some electric cars aren't able to work for many people yet and some electricity is dirty but a lot of people can switch to electric now. It is stupid and counter-productive to go against this inevitability. I know some don't want to switch yet, so don't. But don't act like there is something wrong with our country investing in new electricity-based technology. We waste $3 billion a year on big oil subsidies so don't whine about fisker, tesla and solyndra. The US spent many more billions on the infrastructure around gasoline and other aspects of the industry so it is only right to invest in the next necessary technology. Honestly, there are no reasonable arguements against going electric. If you think there are you are just not as up to date with the facts as you should be. Stop acting so angry and butt-sore and get educated then stop whining!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparently, Audi plans to put these wheels on every vehicle it makes. Case in point the RS5 in the very next story...
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