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Audi goes on the electric offensive at Geneva Motor Show

Jill Petzinger
Jill Petzinger, Germany Correspondent, Yahoo Finance UK
The Audi Q4 e-tron concept displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, March 5, 2019. Photo: Reuters/Pierre Albouy

There is not an internal combustion engine to be seen on Audi’s stand at the Geneva International Motor Show this year.

Like its parent, Volkswagen, it’s ramping up its plug-in hyrbid and electric models. This morning Audi unveiled three fully-electric cars, slated for production by the end of next year.  

It pulled the wraps off the Audi Q4 e-tron concept for the first time at the show; the SUV is due to go into production at the end of next year and achieve a range of over 279 miles (450 km). It says it will go 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in just over six seconds, with a top speed capped at 111 mph (180 kph).

Audi’s e-tron GT and e-tron fastback had their Geneva debuts today too. The carmaker is covering all its bases, with new plug-in hybrid versions of the Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q5 models too. The company wants every third new Audi sold to be electric from 2025 onwards. 

Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group, will share its electrification architecture with the group. The Modular Electrification Building kit, which it said yesterday would be open for use by competitors too,  will underpin the Group’s brands and help synchronise and eventually cheapen mass electric-car production.

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