By on May 5, 2008

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According to The Economic Times, your local Audi will be singing the car body electric 2018. In fact, Audi chairman of the board Rupert Stadler says he expects diesel and battery technology "to dominate" automotive propulsion in the next five to ten years. "By then we will offer cars without exhaust emissions," Stadler promised, revealing his evil plan to transfer all the carbon burning stuff to power plants. When asked if he felt Audi was "falling behind" rivals Mercedes and BMW in the whole lithium-ion battery-powered hybrid thing, Stadler claimed Audi has a greater [flux] capacity for research than its German competitors. So… Stadler claimed "electric cars offer great opportunities, which we have already seized on." Ooooh. We LIKE hints. But then we're not stock manipulators. 

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2 Comments on “Audi’s Stadler: We’ll Have an Electric Car… In About Ten Years....”


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    offroadinfrontier

    I’m assuming they mean full-electric cars? I don’t know if any hybrids are currently in their lineup, but I was promised a hybrid A1, dammut!!

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Wow(!) A German executive officially stating that “diesels” will dominate the future.

    Seriously, are all Germans brought up to:

    A: Respect the German flag.
    B: Rubbish anything that wasn’t invented in Germany.
    C: Believe that diesel powertrains are the best in ze vorld…..?

    Mind you, it wouldn’t be the first time a bunch of Germans have been caught trying to push their idealogy on the rest of the world

    I really don’t know why German manufacturers are dragging their heels over hybrid technology. They have a perfect opportunity to make a good diesel hybrid powertrain, but aren’t taking the chance. Why?

    N.B: For the record, I like diesel powertrains, but I also realise that oranges aren’t the only fruit….

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