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New Plug-ins and BEV Form Audi's Model Future

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A6 e-quattro 33 Mile Battery Range (No I'm Not Kidding)

Audi Electric Plans Include Wave of New Plug-Ins, Along with All-Electric Models

The AIADA reported that Audi is making a serious push into electrification, its new e-tron SUV just one of the pure battery-electric vehicles coming to market during the next several years – but the automaker also has big plans for plug-in hybrids, the new A6 55 TFSI e Quattro one of five PHEVs set to join its line-up before the end of the year. According to The Detroit Bureau, the list also will include plug-in versions of the Audi A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 model lines. They will share a gas-electric driveline capable of punching out a combined 362 horsepower. While there's growing pressure on manufacturers to switch to all-electric drivetrain technology, Audi is one of a number of manufacturers who see plug-in hybrids as a good bridge technology capable of operating in battery-only mode during commutes and while running errands, and then switching to gas power for longer trips. Read more here.