Audi A1 e-Tron – Click above for high-res image gallery
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.