German carmaker and Volkswagen's sister company Audi has got some big plans for electric cars and autonomous driving technology. Rupert Stadler, CEO, Audi, recently stated that Audi will be launching three electric vehicles by 2020.
First one will be the electric version of the Q6 crossover, showcased as the e-tron Quattro concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year. The new e-tron will boast a range of 480km in a single charge. The second EV offering from Audi will be based on the same crossover.
The second car will be a sedan, which is still in the drawing board. The car will feature a sporty, aggressive styling, but the sedan will not be slotted above the A8, as Audi doesn't want to overprice the electric sedan.
Stadler said that there will be 25 – 30 percent increase in sales of electric cars by 2025. Also, Audi wants to set-up a subsidiary company called as SDS (Self Driving Systems). Currently, Audi is focusing on autonomous driving technology on the Audi A8, which will have piloted driving feature to maneuver itself in a traffic jam.
Ultimately, Audi is aiming at fully autonomous cars with no pedals and steering wheels. This development is extremely good, by considering the amount of traffic problems major cities are facing in the modern day.