Audi's Stadler: We'll Have an Electric Car… In About Ten Years.

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson

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.

Glenn Swanson
Glenn Swanson

Glenn is a baby-boomer, born in 1954. Along with his wife, he makes his home in Connecticut. Employed in the public sector as an Information Tedchnology Specialist, Glenn has long been a car fan. Past rides have included heavy iron such as a 1967 GTO, to a V8 T-Bird. In between those high-horsepower cars, he's owned a pair of BMW 320i's. Now, with a daily commute of 40 miles, his concession to MPG dictates the ownership of a 2006 Honda Civic coupe which, while fun to drive, is a modest car for a pistonhead. As an avid reader, Glenn enjoys TTAC, along with many other auto-realated sites, and the occasional good book. As an avid electronic junkie, Glenn holds an Advanced Class amateur ("ham") radio license, and is into many things electronic. From a satellite radio and portable GPS unit in the cars, to a modest home theater system and radio-intercom in his home, if it's run by the movement of electrons, he's interested. :-)

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  • Offroadinfrontier Offroadinfrontier on May 06, 2008

    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!!

  • Cammy Corrigan Cammy Corrigan on May 06, 2008

    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.....? [s]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[/s] 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....