The list below covers all news items relating to Audi from this website's launch in October 2018 to present:

  • Wednesday 18th September: A Bloomberg opinion piece discusses the recent Saudia drone attack which hit their oil production in a single attack, cutting their production from 9.8 million to 4.1 million barrells a day, and temporarily leading to 15% higher oil prices. They argue that this instability - which will naturally lead through into higher gasoline prices at the pump - is yet another reason to go for EVs. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 18th September: An Autoblog exclusive reveals that its Audi Sport (S range) division will see “electrification as the foundation”, with plug-in hybrid models becoming the norm in the range. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 28th August: Electrek report on the slimmed down Audi e-tron whose ‘e-tron 50’ model will launch in Norway for just $55,000. This car will have a reduced 186 mile (299 km) range due to a smaler 71 kWh battery pack, and will launch only in Europe. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 14th August: Autoblog cover the Audi E-Tron which is the first EV to receive the “Top Safety Pick+” award by the American IIHS car safety testing department. This is good for Audi whose SUV is $75,795 (not include tax rebates), however the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and 3 have not yet been fully tested. The Model X and 3 received great safety ratings in Europe’s NCAP agency testing, however. The crash video of the E-Tron from IIHS is below: (Original article from 2019)
  • Saturday 17th August: CNN have published an interesting interactive guide into the electric car race between Tesla, VW and Audi and ‘who will win’ (or in reality, how much each will grow their slice of the EV market) by 2040 when gasoline sales should be substantially lower than they are today. (Original article from 2019)
  • Thursday 1st August: Driving Electric report on an entry level Audi e-tron SUV which will “significantly undercut” the current starting price of £68,020. This slimmed down e-tron 50 quattro will have a slower 0-60mph speed and a 71 kWh battery pack delivering 186 miles (300 km) range, down from the 95 kWh/248 mile (400 km) range currently. (Original article from 2019)
  • Friday 2nd August: Autoblog show off a NIO ES6 Night Explorer EV which is inspired by Razer, the PC company that producers eye-catching PC parts. The NO ES6 has unique styling, hue lighting and THX Spatial Audio - as part of its limited edition run of 88 custom EVs, unfortunately all of which are restricted to Chinese sales (for $67,419/467,800 Yuan). (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 24th June: Automotive News Europe reports that despite previous concerns, VW have secured sufficient battery supply to build 330,000 electric cars a year by 2021 (across their VW, Seat and Audi brands). This will compare to Hyundai (et al) who have clearly struggled with battery supply, leading to delays for their new-to-market EVs. Thomas Ulbrich from VW’s board, says “We have the contracts so no one is going to stand there and tell us ‘we are not going to supply you any more, help yourselves if you want to build them anyway,’ – that’s not possible.”. (Original article from 2019)
  • Friday 28th June: Electrify America are having some coolant issues, leading to them turning the power down on their rapid DC chargers - which could affect Audi e-tron cars (one of the only EVs which can charge at the full rate that EA offers), according to Green Car Reports. (Original article from 2019)
  • Saturday 29th June: India is not known as a massive EV market, however Audi are aiming for 200+ sales of its e-tron all-electric car according to Auto Car India. Whilst this is not many sales, the car will “cost a fortune” in India due to import pricing and a lack of widespread government subsidies. (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 10th June: Autoblog look at how Audi and Mercedes approached the design of their all-elecric SUVs, with 2020 models of the Mercedes Benz EQC and Audi E-Tron due. (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 10th June: In worrying sounding news, Audi have issued a recall for their E-Tron all-electric car, according to Autoblog. This is due to a fire risk stemming from the battery park, although thankfully there have been no reported incidents thus far. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 29th May: A more performance-oriented version of the Audi e-tron might be in production (or at least testing) according to Autoblog, who have pictured a modified e-tron (with only minimal camouflage) which hints at a production version of the all-electric crossover. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 22nd May: Euro NCAP have released the 5-star results for the Audi e-tron 2019, which an as always entertaining crash video showing the e-tron being destroyed in multiple ways! (Original article from 2019)
  • Thursday 23rd May: AutoBlog mention that the much-loved Audi TT will be discontinued, in favour of an all-electric vehicle which is part of Audi’s big move towards EVs. Bram Schot (Audi CEO) said that their move is so that “In the medium term, we want to have the strongest range of electric models among premium competitors.”“. (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 1st May: The Audi e-tron, a Tesla-rival (or so they hope!), is already seeing buyer discounts - even before properly being launched/sold, as Green Car Reports examine. (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 15th April: AutoBlog look at the Audi AI:ME self-driving, all-electric car which they argue is a blueprint for future autonomous (and fully electric) vehicles. (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 8th April: Audi have continued releasing adverts for its E-Tron range (currently just a single EV on sale through it), with a reverse psychology type ‘EVs are not for you’ type video: (Original article from 2019)
  • Friday 15th March: Audi have come up with a good use for old EV batteries: powering factory tugs and fork lift trucks (tugs are used to move smaller items around, like baggage trollies in airports). Such devices are usually powered by lead-acid batteries, so re-purposing high quality lithium-ion batteries for this use makes a lot of sense. 24 e-tron battery modules will be fitted to the tugs and fork lifts, leading to a capacity of around 40 kWh (depending on how much capacity is left of the original cells). This would allow Audi factories to be greener, because these vital machines could be charged up using renewable energy, whilst also saving millions of dollars each year according to Peter Kössler (Audi board member). (Original article from 2019)
  • Friday 15th March: Just like Audi, Kia have also partnered with Amazon to sell Kia compatible chargers via Amazon. This service allows you to select a ‘Kia recommended’ level 2 charging point (240V) and you can then choose a date and time when Amazon will arrange for a licensed electrician to come and install the charging point for you. The Amazon page includes a 40 amp Bosch charger at $764, or cheaper ChargePoint and JuiceBox chargers at $699 and $549 respectively. (Original article from 2019)
  • Tuesday 5th March: Audi are not just aiming to compete with Tesla via their Audi e-tron quattro, according to the newly unveiled Audi Q4 e-tron which is an SUV and aiming to compete more with the Tesla Model Y (since the Q4 is a compact SUV, fitting between the Q3 and Q5 Audi cars). A 82 kWh battery will delivery up to 280 miles (450 km) of range, and it should be available towards the end of 2019: (Original article from 2019)
  • Monday 25th February: Audi are increasing their green car credentials with the announcement of four new PHEVs (plug-in hybrids) at this month’s Geneva Motor Show. This will introduce PHEV versions of the sedan-style A6, A7 and A8 and also the SUV-style Q5. These versions will take some of the all-electric features from the upcoming E-Tron, such as more responsive driving via more electrified powertrains. (Original article from 2019)
  • Thursday 28th February: Today was Tesla’s day! A few days after Elon Musk’s tweets (mentioned at the start), Tesla stopped taking orders on any of their cars on Thursday morning - announcing that something will come “soon” at 2pm (California time). Speculation was rife, and Electrek broke the news 20 minutes early: saying that the Model 3 is finally being released at the $35,000 level. This is an important price point, first mooted by Musk in 2016. It allows the Model 3 to be cheaper than many of its gasoline-based rivals, including the more expensive Audi A4 and BMW 3-series. Such cheap pricing also means the Model 3 is now cheaper than the long-range Nissan Leaf Plus model (which is almost $38,000)! Pulling off this price point has been “excruciating” according to Musk, and they will be doing this partly by closing many of their dealerships and instead moving to an online-only sales model via their configurator tool. They will also be aiming to improve servicing and repairs, with them coming to you - instead of you driving to the dealers. All of this is actually more convenient, and it also allows Tesla to cut costs and deliver a truly well-priced Model 3. (Original article from 2019)
  • Saturday 2nd February: Adverts for the new Audi e-tron (due for sale in ‘early’ 2019) have started to be released, with the following teaser trailer appearing on Audi’s YouTube channel: (Original article from 2019)
  • Wednesday 23rd January: The large demand for the Porsche Taycan - which previously had been sold-out - has prompted Porsche to double their production levels from 20,000 Taycan units to 40,000. The Taycan is a hotly anticipated luxury (i.e. expensive!) electric car which will support very high charging rates, and is aiming to compete with the higher end Tesla Model X and S cars. The high-end market is also becoming more competitive with the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron SUV, and the Taycan’s $80,000+ price tag will be similar to other cars in this segment. (Original article from 2019)
  • Saturday 12th January: Amazon and Audi have announced a charging point partnership, with Amazon offering Audi e-tron buyers the ability for Amazon to take care of their home charging station installation. Amazon are offering three options for charging their e-tron at home: standard, better and best. Standard is just via a 120v power outlet (and thus no further Amazon install is required), whereas the better and best options require a home install with a dedicated 240v supply being run. Amazon moving into the EV market in this way is definitely interesting, and we wonder whether they will open this up beyond Audi e-tron buyers in the near future? (Original article from 2019)
  • Thursday 27th December: The American state of Massachusetts have scrapped their rebate programme for hybrid cars, and also slashed the electric car rebate from $2,500 to $1,500 - a cut of 40%. The MOR-EV is being rolled back to meet the ever-growing demand for electric cars, and thus to ensure that the programme can be offered into the future. Judith Judson, commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, said: “We have had increasing demand, very high demand, for these rebates, … In order to sustain the program and continue to provide rebates at that high a demand level, we are making changes … and targeting those vehicles that provide the greatest emission reduction.”. Electric cars worth more than $50,000 will also be exempt from the MOR-EV, meaning cars like the Tesla Model X/S and upcoming Audi e-tron and Porche Taycan will no longer qualify for the $2,500/$1,500 rebate. (Original article from 2018)
  • Monday 10th December: Electrify America has installed two 350 kWh rapid charging units at a mall in San Francisco, along with eight 150 kWh fast charging units. The 350 kWh units (delivered via CHAdeMO plugs could charge an EV from 0% to 80% in just 20 minutes. No cars on the market can currently charge at these levels, but the Porsche Taycan (due out in Q3/Q4 2019) will be able to - as will some future cars from Audi. (Original article from 2018)
  • Monday 26th November: Audi have provided details of their e-tron GT, the luxury all-electric sedan which will retail from $74,800 in America and £71,000 in the UK. It’ll be available in “early 2019”, and feature two electric motors (instead of the usual one) - one on each paid of tyres, giving four-wheel drive and 0-60 in less than 6 seconds. This sedan is pictured to the right (below). (Original article from 2018)