Audi has remained quiet about the specifics, but an all-electric sedan is coming in 2017 according to the company. The goal is ultimately to bring an all-electric vehicle that breaks the tradition of the all-electric sport car. Audi is working to tap into something that hasn’t really been achieved by Tesla or other companies similar to them. “I was able to reengineer the R8 e-tron project and technology with the team and we are on the way to a range of 450km (280 miles).”
He noted that specifics of the project – like the details of the design would not be elaborated on, but many are suggesting that the vehicle will seat as many as five and leave leg room, as well as ample space for luggage.
One would assume that with this description it might sit evenly with a midsize sedan, or slightly larger. While details beyond that aren’t too great, there are some cues that can be taken from what the rest of the industry is doing – or in this case – what they’re not doing.
Many expect Audi to challenge Tesla in arenas that they really don’t fight in too often. Tesla has done very well with the vehicles that they have produced and expanding to the larger – more family oriented vehicles is something that still isn’t a complete priority. However, a move to a more family oriented vehicle would do wonders for helping the overall cause be furthered because on-boarding families is definitely a must if any of these companies want to truly become full-service in the alternate fuel space.
However, not all vehicles that are alternatives are created equally. In fact, Toyota has entered the alternative fueled car space by working on the Mirai. The goal ultimately is to challenge what Tesla, and other electric car companies have begun working on by introducing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The vehicle uses an entirely alternate fuel source, and really demands that the automotive industry as a whole begins challenging traditional fuel methods through more than one way. At the end of the day though, cost remains high and an issue for the company moving forward.