Confirmed: Current Audi e-tron Will be Replaced by Q8 e-tron

Audi Q8 e-tron

The follow up to the e-tron will arrive in 2026, and be a larger SUV which will replace the current Audi Q8.

Audi’s facility in Brussels, Belgium will produce the successor to the current e-tron, the company has confirmed. The Audi Forest plant recently celebrated the production of its eight millionth vehicle, and this news means the workforce there will still have a mission after production of the e-tron, which is due for a refresh in 2023, concludes in 2026. In a statement reported by Belgium’s RTL Info, Audi AG Board of Directors Chair Markus Duesmann revealed that the replacement for the e-tron will be the Q8 e-tron:

The future will be electric. Our factory in Forest is carbon neutral. And when we deliver a new vehicle, it is with a ‘zero emissions’ perspective. Based on this experience, the next car produced here will be the Audi Q8 e-tron, the electric successor to the current e-tron. This choice can be explained by the current success. 

That news means that the current generation of the Q8 will be the last with internal combustion engines, as Audi previously announced that all of its new vehicles will be all-electric starting in 2026. Along with the standard body style, it’s expected that there will be also be Q8 Sportback e-tron, and fans of high performance SUVs will likely get an RS-like version as well.  With legendary rally driver and gymkhana master Ken Block on board to aid in electric vehicle development, it’s unlikely that any of the new green machines will be boring.

Given the rapidly approaching deadline for the end of gas and diesel powertrains, we’re likely to see a lot of news about electric vehicles coming out of Ingolstadt in the coming months, especially since there are reportedly 20 new machines on the horizon. That said, fans of luxury longroofs are likely most excited about the possibility of an RS6 Avant e-tron. Because while the current gas-powered version is a weapons-grade piece of kit, we’ve already seen how it performs against Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S, and it’s unlikely that engineers will step backward for the next generation. Stay tuned for more news about Audi’s electric future when we have it!

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Report Says Audi A2 Could Return as an EV

Audi AI:ME

Audi’s AI:ME concept would make a perfect platform for a new A2, and could be a gateway to electric luxury.

The future of automobiles is electric — an Audi is quite clearly leaning into the shift. The e-tron GT is a stunning example of electric luxury, the RS Q e-tron is set to take on the Dakar Rally, and Ingolstadt even recruited Ken Block to help with EV development. But since all new Audi vehicles are set to be electric starting in 2026, there are still loads more green machines on the way, and Germany’s Auto Bild magazine is reporting that we just might see an all-new version of the A2.

At this point, there’s been no confirmation of such plans, though if you stop to consider it, the idea makes a lot of sense. Because while we all know luxury cars and SUVs are the industry’s cash cows, plenty of upscale buyers in urban markets — where electric vehicles currently make the most sense — are looking for something easy to pilot on tight city streets. So an electric hatchback with a small footprint could be ideal. That said, for said car to really resonate, it would have to look the business.

That’s where the AI:ME concept comes into play. When it debuted back in 2019, it was billed as a design study, and a platform for the automated driving technology of the future. Now, regardless of what folks like Elon Musk would like folks to believe, full-on autonomous driving is still a ways off. But there’s no reason that Audi couldn’t turn this concept into reality, and position it toward the bottom of the lineup. In that respect, it could serve as kind of a gateway drug for luxurious electric cars.

For the record, I don’t think range would be terribly important here. In that respect, I agree with Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who believes that in the future, the range of electric cars will go down, as many people — particularly those in urban centers — come to grips with how little they actually drive. So presence, posh cabins, and great tech would be the most important features for a city car. And honestly, given the increasing attention people of all stripes are paying to climate change, I think we’re overdue for a backlash against massive SUVs. So stay tuned for news on a possible new Audi A2!


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Everything You Ought To Know About Electric Cars

Let’s face it: no one is immune to the passage of time. We all need to go someplace, at some point, most of the week, whether it’s getting to work, dropping the kids off at school, shopping, or running errands, and we all need a dependable means to bring about.

That is why having a car is such a valuable tool for both busy families and individuals. Cars are an essential investment for a rising number of individuals worldwide due to the ease and freedom that comes with having one.

However, as global warming tendencies continue to climb, people are becoming increasingly ecologically sensitive. That is why, to keep their families moving in the future, automobile purchasers are looking to replace their traditional gas-guzzling SUVs with electric SUVs and other electric or hybrid car types.

Coming up are a few things you should know about electric automobiles in this handy post before you go out and buy one.

Electric vehicles are inexpensive to operate.

While an electric automobile may cost a little more than a car that runs on gasoline or diesel upfront, the cost savings over time are pretty amazing.

This is because electric automobiles do not require gasoline to operate. They are instead powered by electricity. Even while you still have to pay for the power needed to charge these automobiles, the expenses are far cheaper than filling a full tank of gasoline or diesel every week.

With an electric vehicle, you’ll notice a significant rise in the weight of your wallet or purse – this is, of course, all the savings you’ll get when switching from a combustion engine to an electric motor.

Electric vehicles are low-maintenance vehicles.

Electric automobiles, believe it or not, do not require oil to lubricate the moving components of their engines since their battery-powered motors have a fraction of the moving parts that a combustion engine requires to operate smoothly. When compared to combustion engines, this means that EVs require minor servicing and maintenance. One of the main reasons many people believe combustion engines will be phased out is their improved lifetime.

Whereas a fuel automobile needs maintenance every six months, electric vehicles only require it once a year or so and merely examine the brakes, tires, and other components. This implies that, in addition to being low-maintenance, EVs also save money on maintenance.

Road trips will necessitate more planning ahead of time.

Unlike gasoline cars, a charging station will not be available at every service station or roadside group of businesses. Time most electric vehicles can go hundreds of kilometers between charges, they will need to be recharged after a while on the road.

This isn’t to say you can’t go on a road trip in an electric vehicle; it simply means you’ll need to plan to guarantee you have access to charging stations along the way. Take your time and do proper research before the road trip, just like when betting with NetBet you need to be cautious to avoid frustrations. While EVs will become more common in the future, for the time being, a road trip in one demands little foresight and planning.

As a result, your vacation options may be limited, at least for the time being. On the other hand, charging stations are more expected to become as prevalent as standard gas stations shortly.

Electric vehicles are available in a variety of models and sizes.

Contrary to common assumptions, electric vehicles are available in almost as many types and sizes as conventional vehicles, allowing you to pick between a hatchback, a sedan, or SUV. Tesla is also working on an electric utility vehicle called the Cybertruck.

As electric vehicles become more popular, automakers will adjust their designs and technologies, creating a growing number of EV models, including bigger SUVs and potentially trucks.

Bottom Line

In this informative blog, you have seen a few things you should know about electric automobiles. It’s easy to understand why EVs are often regarded as the cars of the future, with cheap maintenance expenses, lower operating costs, and zero emissions.

You have also seen how to prepare for road trips and listed which EV models and sizes are now available if you want to make the switch from a combustion engine to an electric motor right now.

Audi Taps Ken Block to Aid With EV Development

Audi Taps Ken Block

It’s not clear exactly what the partnership between Ken Block and Audi means just yet. Except videos. Lots of cool videos.

Unless you’re a smart device — think light bulb or refrigerator — and you’ve been on the internet at all in the last decade, Ken Block needs no introduction. After all, this is the man who turned  precision-grade hooning into global stardom. And now, he’ll be working with Audi on the development of electric vehicles. According to a statement from Block, the partnership will “develop innovative projects and push the boundaries of electric mobility.” So yup, not a lot of detail there just yet.

But you don’t need a crystal ball to predict that Block will be put to work on the motorsport side, to exploit the expertise he gained during his tenures in Global RallyCross, Rally America, and the World Rally Championship. So bet that he’s already talking with Audi’s Dakar team on the RS Q E-Tron racer, the electric beast that hopes to conquer the world’s hardest rally event. Since Block has already podiumed on the Dakar Rally — in an EV, no less — his input will likely prove invaluable.

One thing we can be certain of? There will be videos. Lots of ridiculously entertaining videos showcasing the cool new electric tech Audi is working on. So even if you’re not a fan of electric cars or rally machines, there will certainly be something about this partnership that floats your boat. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Block do some proper work behind the wheel of the new e-tron GT. Though I do have to wonder if the complicated electric drive system will allow for the car control magnificence we’ve come to expect from the Gymkhana legend.

In talking about what drew him to partner will Audi, Block said classic Audi rally videos were what drew him to motorsport to begin with. But since he’s partnered with Subaru for his petrol-powered racing efforts, don’t expect any videos of him ripping around in a classic quattro S1. That said, we’re sure to hear — and see — more about this exciting partnership soon, so stay tuned. Because whatever’s next here? It’s certain to be epic as all hell. For now, watch the teaser below.

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Official: New Audis to be All-Electric Starting in 2026

Audi e-tron Line

Audi’s Vorsprung 2030 strategy puts a firm date on the company’s exit from internal combustion.

We knew this was coming. Audi officially ceased internal combustion development in March, and back in June, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported  Ingolstadt would stop introducing new gas and diesel cars in 2026. At the time, I wondered how just much wiggle room the company had left itself between ending development of ICE vehicles and the end of their production. And as it turns out? There’s quite a lot of daylight between those two goalposts.

According to Audi’s just-released Vorsprung 2030 strategy, the last internal combustion-powered machines will roll off the assembly lines in 2033, which is still more than a decade away. Now, it’s important to remember that in the automotive world, that’s an eternity. Ten years ago, the Hellcat was still a twinkle in the eyes of the mad scientists at Ma Mopar, and the horsepower wars which have so shaped our recent history were still shaping up. Performance-wise, it was a different world.

So from where I’m sitting, 2033 seems like an awfully long time, and I have to wonder exactly which Audi models will be the last to feature conventional powertrains. The R8, and its glorious 562-horsepower V10 is slated to bow in 2023, and I can’t imagine the twin-turbo RS 6 Avant will remain as compelling — at least performance-wise — for another 12 years. Perhaps we’ll see an even more ferocious e-tron wagon? Because that’s progress I could get seriously get behind. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the market pushes Audi to kill internal combustion sooner. Because if buyers start gravitating toward green machines in a big way, it might not make sense to continue with the older tech.

Aside from the 2026 and 2033 dates, Audi’s Vorsprung 2030 document is a pretty standard corporate communication. That means it’s essentially melatonin in text form, and packed to the gills with ten-dollar marketing speak — “holistic mobility solutions,”  “cloud connectivity,” “autonomous driving” — and assertions about profitability. So yup, it’s dull enough that reading it aloud could be an effective tool for disciplining children. It’ll likely be more illuminating a decade from now. But until then, enjoy the sound of the R8 wailing on the dyno.

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