Audi News

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept

    Audi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent (relative to 2015 levels), while boosting profitability. That includes a target that electrified models be 40 percent of its sales volume globally. Specific gasoline models will give way to fully electric ones. The automaker revealed that the TT coupe and convertible...

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
    2019 Audi E-tron road-trip review: Wait, range ratings aren’t everything?

    Not every electric-car first-drive event urges us to climb a mountain to get a good idea of driving range. Actually make that no other automaker, ever. But that’s what Audi had us do with its 2019 E-tron electric SUV: drive it on a prescribed route that took us nearly 195 miles from...

  • 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
    2020 Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid arrives in Europe

    Audi released the 2020 Q5 55 TFSI e quattro—the first of its new range of plug-in hybrids—in Europe on Tuesday, with some impressive specs. The company says the crossover will have 25.9 miles (40 kilometers) of electric range on Europe's new WLTP driving cycle from its 14.1...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Report: Battery shortages lead to Audi E-tron production delays

    Building electric cars is harder than it looks. According to a report last week in the Brussels Times, Audi is delaying the production of its planned E-tron Sportback and slowing production of its E-tron SUV following battery shortages from supplier LG Chem. The factory that builds the e-tron has...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive  -  South Korea  -  April 2019
    Tesla changes, EPA updates, tax credits, Kia Soul EV review: The Week in Reverse

    Which U.S. state may regain the title of lithium-mining capital? What model will Tesla quit selling online? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 12, 2019. Tesla shook up its lineup again on Friday, announcing leases for...

  • Audi e-tron quattro ad: "Not for You" [Screenshot]
    2019 Audi E-tron ads take aim at electric myths

    One reason that electric-car adoption hasn't taken off faster is that, while automakers market the heck out of the benefits of SUVs and crossover vehicles, they launch EVs with nary a peep. Now Audi is on the cusp of launching its first all-electric model and is taking direct aim at many of the...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

    The Mueller report may not show collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign, but European anti-trust regulators say they have found collusion among German automakers to avoid cleaning up tailpipe emissions. On Friday, anti-trust regulators for the European Union charged BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen with colluding to block the introduction of effective diesel and gasoline emissions technology. Two years ago, European Union officials raided the offices of all three automakers looking for evidence of such collusion after tests in the U.S. and Europe showed that diesels produced by...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron
    2019 Audi e-tron EPA range revealed: Nothing to brag about, but aiming for the real world?

    The official EPA-rated range results are in for the 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV—at least according to Audi, as they’re not yet posted by the federal agency—and they’re a fair amount lower than what was widely anticipated. Audi of America said Thursday that the EPA rating...

  • Audi factory tug uses recycled e-tron batteries
    Audi plans to put old EV batteries to work in factory tugs

    Factory tugs in Audi's Ingolstadt factory now sport the latest in second-hand lithium-ion batteries. With automakers on the hook in jurisdictions around the world to take back and properly reuse or recycle all the batteries they install in electric cars, various automakers are experimenting with...

  • Imagine by Kia concept
    Plug-in cars and concepts at Geneva, Tesla Model Y and Superchargers: The Week in Reverse

    Which new electric car may be able to recharge 240 miles in less than five minutes? What is the bestselling electric car in the world, and what milestone did it pass this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 8...

  • Hispano-Suiza Carmen
    Audi Q4 e-tron, Honda electrifies Europe, Polestar and tariffs: Today's Car News

    Audi reveals its third electric SUV in Geneva. Honda announces plans to electrify its European lineup. A startup automaker with Porsche connections plans to introduce an electric car with even faster charging than Porsche. Plans for Volvo's Polestar brand could be in flux due to trade tariffs. And...

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept
    Audi Q4 e-tron previews brand's first affordable electric SUV

    Audi's plans to take on Tesla in the electric-car market aren't limited to the upcoming e-tron quattro electric SUV. Like Tesla, Audi has at least two electric SUVs in the works, and it previewed the second one at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday. The second model follows the established protocol of...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2

    Which two startup companies showed new ways to get more miles out of an electric vehicle? What Chinese automaker received approval to import new models to the U.S. this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 1, 2019. Tesla has promised a $35,000 electric car with 220 miles of range now for three years, and that base Model 3 finally arrived Thursday. Along with it, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will close many of its stores and move entirely to online sales and he laid out his plan for Full-Self...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    Nissan Leaf progress, fast electric motorcycle charging, Audi plug-ins: Today's Car News

    Audi plans to introduce four new plug-in hybrids at next week's Geneva auto show. A drive in the Nissan Leaf Plus reveals how far electric cars have come in nine years. Electric motorcycle maker Zero has a novel way to get faster charging and longer trips on an electric bike. And German prosecutors...

  • Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids
    Audi plans new plug-in hybrid Q5, A6, A7, and A8 for Geneva reveal

    Audi's future plans for plug-in vehicles involve more than the all-electric e-tron quattro scheduled to roll out later this year. Now, with the previous plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, already in the rearview mirror, the company has announced plans to reboot its plug-in lineup with four...

  • Piech Mark Zero concept
    Volvo batteries, California superhighways, more efficient motors: Today's Car News

    Falling reliability costs the Tesla Model 3 its Consumer Reports recommendation. Could high-speed rail be replaced with high-speed highways? Volvo is pulling depleted batteries out of electric buses to use as energy storage for solar in a large apartment complex in Sweden. Argonne National Lab has...

  • Audi traffic light recognition
    2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid, Bill Gates, GM e-bikes: Today's Car News

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates weighs in on electric cars. General Motors launches a pair of compact electric-bikes. Ford prices its 2020 Explorer Hybrid—high. And our latest Twitter poll asks about wireless charging. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Ford released pricing for the 2020...

  • 2019 Audi Super Bowl ad, "Cashew," featuring e-tron GT concept
    Audi Super Bowl ad: Heavenly electric-car future, hackneyed themes?

    Audi’s 2019 Super Bowl ad for Sunday’s Big Game focuses in on the brand’s electric and electrified future. Like many EV ads, it’s a head-scratcher. In a series of almost clichéd nods to Field of Dreams, Back to the Future, and other movies that would be familiar to...

  • Sketch for proposed Volkswagen electric off-road SUV

    GM announced a major restructuring that will result in more electric cars, with Cadillac as its focus. Fiat Chrysler will fix its dirty Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesels. And Audi has partnered with Amazon to get home chargers installed for its e-tron customers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. In a settlement reminiscent of Volkswagen's, owners of EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups will be offered cash along with a free software update to bring their vehicles into compliance with emissions laws. GM made a major announcement that it plans to expand its electric...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Audi e-tron electric SUV buyers can leave the charger installation to Amazon

    Given how often automakers expect electric-car drivers to charge at home—80 to 90 percent of the time, by most estimates—it’s surprising that more attention isn’t paid to making sure that those drivers can get the most out of home charging. With its e-tron electric SUV...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron side-camera system: Is the U.S. missing out?

    Side-camera systems, replacing side mirrors, have been one of the de rigueur symbols of the future on auto-show concept cars for, well, pretty much this entire century so far. While we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of such systems for nearly as long—they’re not allowed...

  • 2019 Ford Ranger
    Affordable Audi electric, Ford police hybrids, Tesla refunds: Today's Car News

    Audi will build an upscale car on VW's affordable electric-car platform. Ford is taking orders from police departments for its more efficient hybrid police cruisers. Tesla will refund the full amount if it doesn't deliver cars in time for the full federal tax credit. And how do our readers see the...

  • VW ID
    Compact Audi, flagship VW crossover could show upscale side of VW electric platform

    Audi has recently released several hints that we’ll soon see a first concept tease of its smaller, more affordable electric vehicle, to be built on Volkswagen’s modular electric-vehicle architecture, termed MEB. And secondly, the Volkswagen brand is also soon expected to give a first...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron first drive: Redrawing the electric-vehicle boundaries

    Road-tripping along in the 2019 Audi e-tron, your passenger might not even know (or care) that you’re in an all-electric utility vehicle—rather than just an extraordinarily quiet gasoline one. And as the driver, you might even forget. It gets right to Audi’s point behind the...