Audi A6 L e-tron conceptEnlarge Photo
Audi A6 L e-tron Plug-In Hybrid
This concept, unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, pairs the long-wheelbase version of Audi's A6 sedan with a 2.0-liter direct-injected gasoline engine and an electric motor rated at 70 kW (94 hp) peak output, for a total powertrain output of 306 hp.
Audi says the concept can travel up to 50 miles in all-electric mode, though that figure is measured at a constant speed of 37 mph.
The lithium-ion battery pack is liquid-cooled, but the company didn't provide an energy capacity for it.
Given that this is one of just several Audi plug-in hybrid models that's been announced, shown, or discussed, we expect this one too to go into production eventually.
And, while Audi hasn't said much about it yet, the fact that there is already an Audi A8 Hybrid announced--a hybrid for the sedan that sits above the A6, at the top of Audi's sedan range--leads us to think there'll eventually be an Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid too.
Audi Q7 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid
2011 Audi Q7Enlarge Photo
An all-new version of the Audi Q7 large sport-utility vehicle will be introduced within a couple of years.
It will share a plug-in hybrid powertrain, based on the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 now used in the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid.
But the plug-in hybrid variation will have a much larger lithium-ion battery pack.
The Q7 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid will share its basic body structure and electrification components with the upcoming Bentley sport-utility vehicle, previewed as the EXP 9 F Concept at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
The production version of the Bentley SUV (we shudder just writing those words) has been confirmed to offer a plug-in hybrid model using the 3.0-liter V-6 hybrid system.
Audi R8 e-tron
2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap timeEnlarge Photo
The first Audi e-tron, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show all the way back in September 2009, was the car now known as the R8 e-tron (to differentiate itself from the rest of the e-tron range).
Audi can't quite seem to make its mind up on whether to produce the R8 e-tron. It's been canned and revived several times over the past few years, but at last count Audi did indeed say the car would reach production.
As a competitor to the now-out-of-production Tesla Roadster, it will be very expensive--the rumored price is $160,000--and no more than 1,000 units will be built.
In the meantime, the R8 e-tron is making a cameo appearance in the latest Iron Man movie, at the hands of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark--something sure to raise the car's profile prior to an as-yet undecided launch date.