The Audi EV Onslaught Has Begun
The Audi EV onslaught begins with ten new battery-powered models over the next three years. By 2026, most of us won’t recognize the Audi lineup with added EVs and changing names. New Audi electric cars and SUVs will filter into the lineup and provide a strong selection for consumers.
The first new Audi EV will be the Q6 e-tron
The movement forward for Audi electrification begins with the new Q6 e-tron midsize SUV. This will be the first model using the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed between Audi and Porsche. This new SUV could bring a new top performer to the market with more than 370 miles of driving range.
“By 2025, we will have launched around 20 new models, more than 10 of which will be all-electric. By 2027, we seek to offer an all-electric vehicle in each core segment.” – Audi CEO Markus Duesmann
Will small Audi electric car models survive?
The recent Euro 7 emissions regulations cause the small Audi A3 and entry-level A1 to receive the proverbial axe. CarScoops tells us the A3, even in e-tron form, isn’t “green enough” for the new European standards. Don’t fret, we’ll still see the A3 name, but it will be launched by 2027 as a new Audi EV, but it won’t wear the same name as an electric car.
What is Euro 7, and why is it important?
WhichCar tells us Euro 7 is the latest exhaust vehicle emissions standard the European Union (EU) introduced. This standard will begin enforcement on July 1, 2025, for all mass-produced cars and will be applied to heavy-duty vehicles starting in the middle of 2027.
This new emissions standard greatly impacts all automakers and is part of why we see so many new Audi EVs on the way. All automakers must comply with this new standard to be allowed to sell vehicles in Europe.
The pressure on emissions regulation and air pollution in Europe continues to increase because of the high number of premature deaths from chronic exposure. In 2018, air pollution from motor vehicles was declared responsible for more than 70,000 premature deaths across the 27 EU member nations.
Is Audi adopting a new naming structure?
The terminology for future Audi vehicles could become clearer to some and more confusing to others. Currently, sedans are listed with even numbers, while coupes have odd numbers. Future Audi electric cars will take on even numbers, and gas-powered cars will have odd numbers.
This means the current Audi A4 and A6 will become the A5 and A7 as new electric models hit the market. We’re not sure yet if this same naming structure will impact the Audi electric SUVs. The e-tron name will continue as it’s synonymous with all-electric Audi EVs.
How long will Audi continue to build gas-powered cars?
If you’ve been waiting to buy a gas-powered Audi but are concerned that too many EVs will mean none are available, don’t fret. Audi recently announced plans to continue to build gas and diesel-powered vehicles until 2033. This puts the end of production just ahead of the 2035 new car sales ban in Europe.
The Audi EV onslaught has begun.