The electric vehicle (EV) charge has been continuing across the automotive sector, with more companies than ever looking to get on board. As stricter limits are brought in by government bodies around the globe, creating more sustainable operations is becoming a necessity for many companies across the car, van and truck production industry.
Twenty-five per cent of all the vehicles Audi sells in the US will come with a plug by 2025.
Of course, some are further into their development cycle than others, with Telsa in particular reaping the rewards of being an early adopter of EV tech. However, the bastions of the automotive industry are striving to close the gap, and the race to produce the most sought-after EVs for the future could soon heat up.
Audi enters the EV race
To that end, Audi has thrown its hat into the ring and claimed that at least 25 per cent of all the vehicles it sells in the US will come with a plug by 2025. Audi has gradually been building out its 'e-tron' line, and believes that the fully electric Audi Quattro Concept SUV could prove a hit when it goes on sale in 2018.
— Audi (@Audi) November 18, 2015
To support its offerings, the German marque is also set to build a widespread, fast-charging network in the US – an innovation that could be rolled out across the globe if it's a success in North America.
Audi hopes that its network will be able to provide the drivers of electric vehicles with an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes, enough juice for around 200 miles of driving. Those figures are competitive in the face of what Tesla is already doing in the here and now, but Audi will be hoping that it can become the premier EV manufacturer in the not too distant future.
"We are, in full force, joining the electric revolution. Now is the time to make electric driving more available to the mainstream," explained Audi of America President Scott Keogh.
One of the biggest issues surrounding EV adoption is the need for increased infrastructure to support such cars, vans and trucks. In the here and now, it's just much easier to pull over to a service station and fill up using a fuel card.
— Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) November 17, 2015
However, Audi is not only looking to build superior EVs, but have a support network in place before drivers take delivery of their new battery powered cars. While the infrastructure is being built in the US at first, it may only be a matter of time before Audi – or another similar manufacturer – looks to build out a system that can better support EVs here in New Zealand.